Apse Heath

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Apse Heath
Apse Heath is located in Isle of Wight
Apse Heath
Apse Heath
Apse Heath shown within the Isle of Wight
OS grid reference SZ564833
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SANDOWN
Postcode district PO36
Dialling code 01983
Police Hampshire
Fire Isle of Wight
Ambulance Isle of Wight
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°38′50″N 1°12′10″W / 50.64718°N 1.2028°W / 50.64718; -1.2028Coordinates: 50°38′50″N 1°12′10″W / 50.64718°N 1.2028°W / 50.64718; -1.2028

Apse Heath is a hamlet on the Isle of Wight, UK. Apse Heath is centered on the intersection of Newport Road and Alverstone Road. At the 2011 Census the Post Office said the population of the hamlet was included in the civil parish of Newchurch, Isle of Wight. It is northeast of Whiteley Bank and south of Winford. Apse Heath is bordered by the leafy villages of Alverstone and Queen's Bower, and is surrounded by areas of woodland and agricultural land. It also sits roughly 2 miles east of the village of Newchurch, and 1 mile west of Lake.

The word "apse" in the local dialect means an aspen tree, or Populus tremula.[1] Thus, Apse Heath refers to a Heath (small moor) populated by Aspens.

Apse Heath Methodist Church has a congregation of 11 to 15 that meets every Sunday to worship.[2] The church was founded in 1875 by the Bryanites or Bible Christians. The cornerstone of the present chapel was laid by Lord Alverstone, on 10 September 1902. Electric lights were installed in the church and hall in 1956.[3]

Apse Heath has a shop, called "Raj's Premier Stores", some other businesses and a post office.

The Hamlet has gained some popularity over pranksters and their efforts to alter the sign with marker pens or electrical tape, changing the 'P' in 'APSE' to an 'R', thus editing the sign to read 'ARSE HEATH'. Although Island Roads tends to hastily clean the sign down and remove the damage, the sign is rarely ever clean for long, much to the amusement of both schoolchildren from the hamlet and the neighbouring village of Lake and tourists alike.

On 12 January 2006, two horses were injured in a fire in some stables in Apse Heath.[4] On 5 August 2007, a small plane crashed, briefly after taking off from Isle of Wight Airport in Sandown in Lake,next to Apse Heath, killing all 4 passengers.[5]

Apse Heath was the site of brickmaking operations in the past.[6] It was also the site of a sweet factory, which employed a number of local people until it closed down.

Transport is provided by Southern Vectis route 8, which runs through the hamlet between Newport, Sandown, Bembridge and Ryde.[7]


  1. ^ Publications by English Dialect Society, London, no.22,26,45 pt.1, 1886.
  2. ^ Apse Heath Methodist Church, Isle of Wight Methodists website.
  3. ^ Apse Heath Methodist Church History Archived July 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ January 2006 report Archived July 31, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine..
  5. ^ Plane crash death probe continues, BBC News, 6 August 2007.
  6. ^ LIST OF BRICKMAKING SITES, Isle of Wight Brickmaking History, Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society.
  7. ^ "Southern Vectis, Route 8". Southern Vectis. Retrieved 2009-08-12.