Lake, Isle of Wight
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Lake High Street at dusk
|Area||2.4301 km2 (0.9383 sq mi) |
|• Density||2,106/km2 (5,450/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Isle of Wight|
|Ambulance||Isle of Wight|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Lake is named after the Old English "Lacu" 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 former "Temperatures" air conditioning factory.
There is a Primary School at Blackpan (Broadlea), and a Church of England Secondary School (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. The Lions have a centre in the car park (first hour free), behind the former Co Op store.
There is a Methodist Chapel, a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and an Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. 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 is 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.
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. The thatched building at Merrie Gardens dates from the 17th century and is the oldest surviving building in Lake. Alongside The Merrie Garden pub, a new Premier Inn has recently been built. It opened in late 2015. A branch of KFC is under construction nearby, and will open in December 2018.
Lake or 'Welcome Beach' is reached by a steep path down the sandstone cliffs to the Revetment, which contains two cafes (Hinks and Strollers), beach huts, a Sea Scout hut and inshore lifeboat.
The village war memorial has been relocated behind the Fairway Bus Shelter due to having been run down twice by carelessly driven lorries. 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. Sandown & Shanklin Golf Course is behind the Academy School and the Rugby Club in front. The wetlands of the River Yar are an SSSI supporting newts, voles and wildfowl.
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.
- Office of National Statistics: QS102EW - Population density retrieved 30 May 2017
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Building of new KFC to begin In Lake next month". Isle of Wight Radio Online.
- "Southern Vectis - bus routes". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2008-05-04.