Parkhurst, Isle of Wight

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Parkhurst
Parkhurst is located in Isle of Wight
Parkhurst
Parkhurst
 Parkhurst shown within the Isle of Wight
Population 22,950 (Newport as a whole)
OS grid reference SZ491910
Unitary authority Isle of Wight
Ceremonial county Isle of Wight
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWPORT
Postcode district PO30
Dialling code 01983
Police Hampshire
Fire Isle of Wight
Ambulance Isle of Wight
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Isle of Wight
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Coordinates: 50°43′00″N 1°18′17″W / 50.7167°N 1.3048°W / 50.7167; -1.3048

Parkhurst is a neighbourhood northwest of the town of Newport, Isle of Wight. It has few amenities, but a large residential population.

It is notable for housing H.M.P. Isle of Wight, on three sites, formerly three separate prisons: the well-known Parkhurst Prison itself, Camp Hill, and Albany. Parkhurst and Albany were once amongst the few top-security prisons in the United Kingdom, but were downgraded in the 1990s.[citation needed]

A number of well-known criminals were accommodated in the Parkhurst prisons, including John Duddy, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and the Kray twins.[citation needed]

The prisons caused the construction during the mid 20th century of housing estates to accommodate prison workers and their families, and much of the area is characterised by these poor-quality estates, now largely in private ownership but still in need of repair.[citation needed]

Parkhurst also adjoins Parkhurst Forest, a large Forestry Commission owned woodland which includes plantation woodland and a large area of ancient woodland, and is well used by local people for recreation.

Parkhurst is situated on the A3020 road, and is served by frequent buses on Southern Vectis route 1.