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St Olave's Church
Gatcombe is located in Isle of Wight
Gatcombe shown within the Isle of Wight
Area 11.2464 km2 (4.3423 sq mi) [1]
Population 433 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
OS grid reference SZ493849
Civil parish
  • Chillerton and Gatcombe
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
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
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°39′43″N 1°18′11″W / 50.66187°N 1.30294°W / 50.66187; -1.30294Coordinates: 50°39′43″N 1°18′11″W / 50.66187°N 1.30294°W / 50.66187; -1.30294

Gatcombe is a village and civil parish[3] on the Isle of Wight. The Civil Parish is called Chillerton and Gatcombe. It is located four kilometres from Newport in the centre of the island. St. Olave's Church, Gatcombe was dedicated in 1292, serving as chapel to Gatcombe House. The Gatcombe parish was established in 1560.

A carved wooden effigy of Edward Estur, a local knight who fought in the Crusades, is in the church.

In 1907, a contract was signed that ensured that properties older than 1907 in Gatcombe and nearby Chillerton would receive free water, while newer homes receive it at a reduced rate. In 2009 Southern Water proposed that everyone to pay the same rate, claiming that the reasoning behind the initial pact is now invalid, as the costs for the original project have since been paid off.[4]

Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis bus route 6, which runs between Newport and Ventnor.[5]


  1. ^ Office of National Statistics: QS102EW - Population density retrieved 30 May 2017
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  3. ^ English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004 Archived January 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Villagers battle to keep free water". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus route 6". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-22. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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