Lake, Isle of Wight

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Lake High Street at dusk.JPG
Lake High Street at dusk
Lake is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
Area0.938 sq mi (2.43 km2[1]
Population5,117 (2011)[2]
• Density5,455/sq mi (2,106/km2)
OS grid referenceSZ586836
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSANDOWN
Postcode districtPO36
Dialling code01983
FireIsle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
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Isle of Wight
50°39′00″N 1°10′04″W / 50.649938°N 1.167813°W / 50.649938; -1.167813Coordinates: 50°39′00″N 1°10′04″W / 50.649938°N 1.167813°W / 50.649938; -1.167813

Lake is a large village and civil parish located on Sandown Bay, on the Isle of Wight, England. It is six miles south-east of Newport situated between Sandown and Shanklin, and 1 12 miles (2.4 km) to the east of the hamlet of Apse Heath.[3]


Lake is named after the Old English "Lacu"[citation needed] referring to the creek that ran along, and has been artificially widened into what is now Scotchells Brook, which is between the Isle of Wight Airport, the Morrisons Superstore and the Spithead Industrial Park.


The high street that runs through Lake has not changed much since the early 20th century.[4] However, the village war memorial, constructed in 1920,[4] has been relocated behind the Fairway Bus Shelter due to having been run down twice by carelessly driven lorries. The thatched building at Merrie Gardens dates from the 17th century and is the oldest surviving building in Lake.


The beach at Lake below the cliffs

Lake is a seaside village situated above the cliffs on Sandown bay, it stands at an elevation of 63 feet (19 m) above sea-level.[5] Lake's beach or 'Welcome Beach' has golden sands and reached by a steep path down the sandstone cliffs to the Revetment.[6] It has two cafes (Hinks and Strollers), beach huts, a Sea Scout hut and inshore lifeboat.

A large public park called Los Altos starts at the boundary between Lake and Sandown. Another large park called Lake Cliff Gardens borders the cliffs that back onto the beach and stretches between Lake and Shanklin.

Local wildlife includes Pipistrelle bats at Los Altos, kestrels along the Cliff Path and Common Toads which spawn in the disused reservoir behind the Mall. The wetlands of the River Yar are an SSSI supporting newts, voles and wildfowl.


Beach huts at Lake

The village has the Broadlea primary school at Blackpan and a Church of England Secondary The Bay School at the bottom of the Fairway. There are several pubs including The Stag, plus The Porter Club (formerly Lake Working Men's Club) and a Townswomens' Guild.

Local businesses include Downer & White undertakers, Swinton Insurance, Allegri accountants, RSPCA charity shop and a veterinary practice. The village also features an Indian and Chinese Restaurant plus two Chinese takeaways, a kebab shop and Lake Fish Bar. There are a doctor's surgery and pharmacy. The disused medical clinic at the corner of Lake Hill and the Fairway is now a Co-Operative funeral parlour.[citation needed]

There were recently two pubs in the village - The Stag and the Manor House. The Manor House was closed and has since reopened as a Tesco Metro. However, another pub, "The Merrie Garden" has recently opened near the Morrison's store. Alongside The Merrie Garden pub, a new Premier Inn has recently been built. It opened in late 2015.[citation needed] A branch of KFC is under construction nearby, and will open in December 2018.[7]

Sandown & Shanklin Golf Course is behind the Academy School and the Rugby Club in front.


Lake Methodist Church
The Church of The Good Shepherd

The village has a Methodist Church which was opened in 1956 and upgraded from 2009-11 with the addition of a church hall. The old church, built in 1877, compleat with a hall and schoolroom (added in 1923) is now a multi-purpose building with both halls being converted into housing.[8]

The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, which was constructed designed in 1892, is also in the village.[9] Construction finished in May 1894 and it replaced the former Little Iron Church of 1876.[4]

There also is a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.


Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis bus routes 2, 3 and 8 - which run between Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and Bembridge. Night buses operate on Friday and Saturday nights.[10]

Having opened in 1987, Lake railway station was the newest on the island until the construction of a station at Smallbrook Junction in 1994. The station is placed in the heart of a quiet residential area close to Lake Cliff Gardens.


  1. ^ Office of National Statistics: QS102EW - Population density retrieved 30 May 2017
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ Google. "Lake, Isle of Wight" (Map). Google Maps. Google.
  4. ^ a b c "A General History of Lake". Lake Parish Council. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  5. ^ "About Lake, Isle of Wight". Ordnance Survey.
  6. ^ "Lake, Isle of Wight". Isle of Wight dot com. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Building of new KFC to begin In Lake next month". Isle of Wight Radio Online.
  8. ^ Lake Methodist History - Lake Methodist Church Website
  9. ^ The Good Shepherd - Diocese of Portsmouth
  10. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus routes". 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2008-05-04.

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