Coordinates: 50°40′35″N 1°14′39″W / 50.6764°N 1.2441°W / 50.6764; -1.2441
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Arreton Old Village
Arreton is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
Area7.465 sq mi (19.33 km2[1]
Population988 (2011 Census including Blackwater , Downend , Horringford and Mereton)[2]
• Density132/sq mi (51/km2)
OS grid referenceSZ545865
Civil parish
  • Arreton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtPO30
Dialling code01983
PoliceHampshire and Isle of Wight
FireHampshire and Isle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
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50°40′35″N 1°14′39″W / 50.6764°N 1.2441°W / 50.6764; -1.2441

Arreton is a village and civil parish in the central eastern part of the Isle of Wight, England. It is about 3 miles south east of Newport.[3]


The settlement has had different names and different spellings over the years. For example, the village was called Adrintone in the 11th century, Arreton in the 12th century, Artone in the 13th century, Atherton and Adherton in the 14th century, Adderton in the 16th century, and Aireton in the 17th century.


The White Lion Inn
St George's Church
Arreton Manor
Arreton Barns
Arreton (linear settlement nearest to the camera) set within Arreton Valley.

The village has two inns with a long history. The White Lion Inn has been in business for two centuries, and was a staging inn on the A3056 road between Newport and Sandown.[4] At one time, there was a Red Lion Inn nearby.[5] The Arreton Barns Craft Village commercial complex[6] contains a pub called "The Dairyman's Daughter",[7] named after a best selling book about a girl (Elizabeth Wallbridge) from Arreton by Rev. Legh Richmond.

Arreton is home to the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum,[8] which moved to the Arreton Barns Complex[6] from Bembridge after 26 years.[9] It is housed in a "Grade II stone barn" at Jacob's Yard in the Arreton Barns Centre.[10] Visitors to the Shipwreck Centre can buy a variety of souvenirs and salvaged objects, including Copper ingots from a Victorian steamer ship which capsized off the coast nearby.

St. George's Church, Arreton is renowned.[11] The war memorial was designed by local architect, Percy Stone (1856–1934).[12] On the road to the church is the 17th century Stile Cottage which was previously used to store ales for the church.

Opposite the church is the Island Brass Rubbing Centre, Lavender Cottage (which sells lavender products) and a wood carving of St. George and the dragon by local sculptor Paul Sivell.

Arreton Manor, the local manor house, was rebuilt between 1595 and 1612 by Sir Humphrey Barnet. Arreton Manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and has been owned by at least eight monarchs, the earliest being King Alfred the Great who left it in his will to his youngest son Aethelweard.[13] King Charles I reviewed troops on the lawn in 1629, and Queen Victoria planted a tree in the garden.

There are or were several ancient mills in Arreton. The mill at Horringford was apparently a paper mill.

To the north of the village lies Arreton Down, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

There is also a zoo south of Arreton, at Hale Common, known as Amazon World Zoo.

Southern Vectis bus route 8 passes through the village on its way between Newport and Ryde via Sandown and Bembridge.[14] The Downs Tour also serves the village during the summer.[15]

Other history[edit]

Evidence of habitation during Bronze Age Britain are the "two round barrows, the larger, some 9 feet high, known locally as Michael Morey's Hump".[16]

The Arreton church of St. George was first begun in the Norman era. The monks of Quarr helped to extend the Church of St. George around 1160. A tower was added in 1299. In the fourteenth century, a brass effigy of Harry Hawles, Steward of the Island on behalf of Montecute, Earl of Salisbury, was added to the church's interior. The brass effigy is missing its head and also the coat of arms.

There is a note marking Hawle's resting place that reads:

Here is ybried under this grave
Harry Hawles, his soul god save
Long tyme steward of the yle of wyght
have m'cy on hym, god ful of myght.

A renowned bowling green in Arreton Parish flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries. "I have seen," wrote Sir John Oglander (1595–1648), "with my Lord Southampton at St. George's Down at bowls some thirty or forty knights and gentlemen, where our meeting was then twice every week, Tuesday and Thursday, and we had an ordinary there and card-tables."

Arreton appears as the central location, fictionalised as "Arden", in the 1889 Maxwell Gray novel, The Reproach of Annesley.[17]

Good Omen, 2008 work by the wood sculptor Paul Sivell, fashioned in situ out of the remains of a Leyland Cypress at Arreton Cross, commissioned by Arreton Parish Council and the Island 2000 Trust.

The parish of Arreton was at one time one of the largest on the Isle of Wight. In 1894, Arreton was divided into the parishes of North Arreton and South Arreton. In 1898, part of South Arreton was transferred to Godshill, and part of Godshill was transferred to South Arreton in return. North Arreton was absorbed into Whippingham in 1907.

Arreton Athletic, the village's local football team, play in Division 3 of the Isle of Wight Saturday Football League. Watson Bull and Porter sponsor the team. The club secretary is a Mr Robert Butler. The team is managed by Mr Steven Vanner and captained by both Mr Neil Badham and Mr Darren Plumbley. Current team affairs can be followed on the club's official website.[18]


Arreton is part of the electoral ward called Arreton and Newchurch. At the 2011 Census the population of this ward was 3,610.[19]


  1. ^ Office of National Statistics: QS102EW - Population density retrieved 30 May 2017
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ Arreton can be found at grid reference SZ535865.
  4. ^ "The White Lion pub official website". Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  5. ^ White Lion Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Wightwash online, The official website of the Isle of Wight branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Archived 27 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Arreton Barns official website". Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. ^ The Diaryman's Daughter pub description and pictures Archived 12 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Arreton Barns official website Archived 9 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, Isle of Wight pictures website
  9. ^ Bembridge Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Centre Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Bembridge Parish articles, website Archived 9 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, 26 September 2004, retrieved 27 October 2007.
  10. ^ Jacob's Yard Museum, Newport, Visit Britain Norwegian website
  11. ^ Picture of St. George's Church, Isle of Wight picture website
  12. ^ "Arreton War Memorial". Memorials & Monuments on the Isle of Wight. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  13. ^ Anglo-Saxon charters S 1507 (AD 873 x 888), King Alfred's will, tr. S.Keynes & M.Lapidge, 'Alfred the Great', Harmondsworth, 1983, pp.173-8, with notes, pp.313-326. The identification of the estates of Aethelweard is based on the corresponding notes translated by Keynes & Lapidgde
  14. ^ "Southern Vectis – bus route 8". 2008. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Southern Vectis – The Downs Tour". 2008. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  16. ^ Alexander, John; Ozanne, A. (December 1960). "Report on the Investigation of a Round Barrow on Arreton Down, Isle of Wight". Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. New Series. 26: 263–302. doi:10.1017/S0079497X00016339.
  17. ^ 'A pictorial and descriptive guide to the Isle of Wight in six sections', Ward Lock and Company, 1948
  18. ^ "Create & Manage the Ultimate Club Website".
  19. ^ "Arreton and Newchurch ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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