Gurnard, Isle of Wight

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Gurnard beachfront, IW, UK.jpg
Gurnard beachfront
Gurnard is located in Isle of Wight
Gurnard shown within the Isle of Wight
Population 1,682 (2011 census including Rew Street)[1]
OS grid reference SZ478946
Civil parish
  • Gurnard
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COWES
Postcode district PO31
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°44′58″N 1°19′26″W / 50.74953°N 1.32375°W / 50.74953; -1.32375Coordinates: 50°44′58″N 1°19′26″W / 50.74953°N 1.32375°W / 50.74953; -1.32375

Gurnard is a village and civil parish[2] on the Isle of Wight, two miles to the west of Cowes. Gurnard sits on the edge of Gurnard Bay, enjoyed by the Gurnard Sailing Club.

Gurnard's main street features a pub (Portland Inn), Doughty Newnham Chartered Surveyors office, a few shops and a few houses. The west end of the beach is Gurnard Marsh and a stream called "The Luck" which discharges into the Solent.

A fortification known as Gurnard Fort was built on a headland west of Gurnard Marsh about 1600. The land was eroded, however, and all traces disappeared until an archaeological excavation of a Roman villa in 1864 uncovered traces of Gurnard Fort as well.[3]

Transport is provided by the former Wightbus route 32 to and from Cowes, now run by Southern Vectis. There is no longer a direct service to Newport.[4]

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