Arreton shown within the Isle of Wight
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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 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. At one time, there was a Red Lion Inn nearby. The Arreton Barns Craft Village commercial complex contains a pub called "The Dairyman's Daughter", 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", which moved to the Arreton Barns Complex from Bembridge after 26 years. It is housed in a "Grade II stone barn" at Jacob's Yard in the Arreton Barns Centre.
St. George's Church, Arreton is renowned. The war memorial was designed by local architect, Percy Stone (1856–1934). On the road to the church is the 17th century Stile Cottage which was previously used to store ales for the church.
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 8 monarchs, the earliest being Alfred the Great. Charles 1st 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 papermill.
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."
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.
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- Arreton can be found at grid reference SZ535865.
- "The White Lion pub official website". whitelionarreton.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- White Lion, Wightwash online, The official website of the Isle of Wight branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)
- "Arreton Barns official website". Arretonbarns.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- The Diaryman's Daughter pub description and pictures, Arreton Barns official website
- Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, Isle of Wight pictures website
- Bembridge Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Centre, Bembridge Parish articles, bembridge.com website, September 26, 2004, retrieved October 27, 2007.
- Jacob's Yard Museum, Newport, Visit Britain Norwegian website
- Picture of St. George's Church, Isle of Wight picture website
- "Arreton War Memorial". Memorials & Monuments on the Isle of Wight. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- "Southern Vectis - bus route 8". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- "Southern Vectis - The Downs Tour". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- 'A pictorial and descriptive guide to the Isle of Wight in six sections', Ward Lock and Company, 1948
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- Parishes: Arreton, A History of the County of Hampshire, Volume 5 (1912), pp. 139-51. Date accessed: 15 November 2006.
- Amazon Zoo World website
- Arreton Manor
- Arreton in the Domesday Book