Wootton Bridge

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Coordinates: 50°43′35″N 1°13′56″W / 50.7263°N 1.2321°W / 50.7263; -1.2321

Wootton Bridge
Wootton Bridge is located in Isle of Wight
Wootton Bridge
Wootton Bridge
 Wootton Bridge shown within the Isle of Wight
Population 3,618 [1]
OS grid reference SZ542921
Unitary authority Isle of Wight
Ceremonial county Isle of Wight
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ryde
Postcode district PO33
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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Isle of Wight

Wootton Bridge is a village and civil parish[2] with about 4000 residents on the western bank of Wootton Creek on the Isle of Wight in southern England.

Wootton Bridge was established as a separate village based at the crossing-point of the creek, but it has now merged with the village of Wootton centred on the old parish church of St Edmund, and the hamlet of Wootton Common to the south, centred on the crossroads that bears its name. The two villages have grown together and are currently one settlement which is often referred to as simply 'Wootton'. However, the official name for this community is 'Wootton Bridge'.[3] Wootton Bridge is found midway between the towns of Ryde and Newport, which are 7 miles apart.

In 1969, 100,000 people visited Woodside Bay at Wootton Bridge for the largest pop concert to that date, the Isle of Wight Festival. Bob Dylan was the main act that was featured at the concert.[4]

Southern Vectis bus routes 4, 9 and 34 link the village with the towns of Newport, Ryde and East Cowes, including intermediate villages.[5][6]

Wootton Creek and the bridge[edit]

Wootton Creek on a clear winter day in January 2009

There is a millpond on Wootton Creek formed by a sluice gate in the eponymous bridge. At one time there was a second sluice gate in the bridge that would use the tidal water from the millpond to power a mill grinding flour. The mill was demolished in 1962 and houses later built on the site.[7]

The pond is part of a Special Area of Conservation and is important for wildfowl and for bats. The heron has been adopted as the symbol of the village.[8] Firestone Copse is a Forestry Commission woodland open to the public which is situated on the edge of the pond.[9]

Features[edit]

The village has a station which is the western terminus of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.[10]

St. Edmund's Parish Church in Wootton dates from the 11th century.[11] St. Mark's Church, Wootton is in the south end of the village.

The Sloop Inn in Mill Square is another prominent building in Wootton Bridge. The Sloop Inn is about 150 years old.[12]

Notable residents[edit]

Victorian admiral Sir John Baird, who died in 1908, is buried in the churchyard in Wootton Bridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Office for National statistics - Wootton Bridge". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  2. ^ "English Parishes and Welsh communities N&C 2004". www.statistics.gov.uk. 2004. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Wootton Bridge Historical - Wootton". www.woottonbridgeiow.org.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Isle of Wight Festival History - 1969". www.isleofwightfestival.com. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Southern Vectis bus route 4". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Southern Vectis bus route 9". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Netguide to Wootton on the Isle of Wight". www.wightstay.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Wootton Bridge - Homepage". www.woottonbridge.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Forestry Commission - The Forests of the Isle of Wight - Firestone Copse". www.forestry.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  10. ^ "Isle of Wight Steam Railway - A Journey Along the Line". www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  11. ^ "St Edmund's Parish Church, Wootton - History". www.wightchurches.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  12. ^ "The Sloop Inn - Wootton Bridge". www.vintageinn.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-03. [dead link]

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