Lake, Isle of Wight
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Lake is named after the Old English "Lacu" referring to the creek that ran along, and has been artificially widened into what is now Scotchells Brook, which is between the Isle of Wight Airport, the Morrisons Superstore and the Spithead Industrial Park - the former "Temperatures" air conditioning factory.
There is a Primary School at Blackpan (Broadlea), and an academy (Sandownbay) at the bottom of the Fairway. There are several pubs including The Stag, plus The Porter Club (formerly Lake Working Men's Club) and a Townswomens' Guild. The Lions have a centre in the car park (first hour free), behind the Co Op stores.
There is a Methodist Chapel, a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and an Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. Local businesses include Downer & White undertakers, Swinton Insurance, Lesley A Kemp solicitor, Allegri accountants, RSPCA charity shop, Lake Barber Shop, Rite-Price Hardware Store, a Post Office, the Co-Op Stores (open 6.30.am to 10.30.pm.)a veterinary practice and Karen Denley Chiropodist. The village also features an Indian and Chinese Restaurant plus two Chinese takeaways, a kebab shop and Lake Fish Bar. There is a doctor's surgery and pharmacy near the Co Op. There is a public phone box between the Co Op and the public toilets and another set of toilets on the Revetment and Cliff Bridge. The disused medical clinic at the corner of Lake Hill and the Fairway is now a Co-Operative funeral parlour.
There were recently two pubs in the village - The Stag and the Manor House. The Manor House has closed and is to re-open as a Tesco "Metro" convenience store. However another pub "The Merrie Gardens" has recently opened near the Morrison's store. The thatched building at Merrie Gardens dates from the 17th century and is the oldest building in Lake. Lake or 'Welcome Beach' is reached by a steep path down the sandstone cliffs to the Revetment, which contains two cafes (Hinks and Strollers), beach huts, a Sea Scout hut and inshore lifeboat.
The village war memorial has been relocated behind the Fairway Bus Shelter due to having been run down twice by carelessly driven lorries. A large public park called Los Altos starts at the boundary between Lake and Sandown. Local wildlife includes Pipistrelle bats at Los Altos, kestrels along the Cliff Path and Common Toads which spawn in the disused reservoir behind the Mall. Sandown & Shanklin Golf Course is behind the High School and the Rugby Club in front. The wetlands of the River Yar are an SSSI supporting newts, voles and wildfowl. Recent improvements have overcome the problem of persistent flooding near the Co-Op, caused by rainwater run-off from Lake Hill and the Mall.
- "Southern Vectis - bus routes". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- Some current photographs
- Historical photographs of Lake from the Francis Frith collection
- Hilton Price's Nostalgic Lake