Shalfleet shown within the Isle of Wight
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The name "Shalfleet" means "shallow stream". The stream in this case is the stream passing through the village, the Caul Bourne. It was recorded as "Aet Scealdan Fleote" in the 838. In 1086, in the Domesday Book, Shalfleet was called "Selceeflet". In Adam and Charles Black's guide book to the area published in 1870, there is a note that Shalfleet is "not too lively". It still has only one street with a traffic light at each end. Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet was dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel in 1964. The Baptist church in the village of Wellow, was founded in 1801. There were several Methodist churches as well, which have all closed. Shalfleet had a railway station, shared with Calbourne, that was closed in 1953 when the line from Newport to Freshwater ceased operating. The New Inn pub dates from 1743.
The Domesday Book noted the existence of the Shalfleet Mill. This mill was driven by a waterwheel. The associated bakery produced bread until the 1920s. There are three manor houses in the Shalfleet area that were mentioned in the Domesday book; the Shalfleet Manor House, Ningwood Manor, and Hamstead Manor.
In August 2009 metal detectorists searching near Shalfleet discovered an Iron Age hoard, the Shalfleet Hoard, consisting of four large bowl-shaped silver ingots, six small silver fragments, and one gold British B (or, 'Chute',) stater. The discovery of this hoard contributes to the evidence that the Isle of Wight was occupied by the Celtic tribe, the Durotriges, during the Late Iron Age. The hoard was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, sent to the British Museum for examination, and ultimately sold at auction.
Shalfleet has a shop, Shalfleet Village Stores, located on Warlands Lane. It is open daily and has an off-licence and stocks newspapers along with fresh local bread and a large range of groceries. The owner, Gordon Peach, is quoted as saying, "The lovely people of Shalfleet and the surrounding area deserve a great local shop and that's what I plan to give them!"
- English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004
- A previous dedication had been lost.
- Leins,Ian; Joy, Jody; Basford, Frank , Portable Antiquities Scheme, Record ID: IOW-EAAFE2.
- Bonhams, Antiquities, April 13th, 2011, lot 248
- "Southern Vectis - bus route 7". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04.