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Shorwell village
Shorwell is located in Isle of Wight
Shorwell shown within the Isle of Wight
Population 670 (2011 census including Kingston and Yafford)[1]
OS grid reference SZ457829
Civil parish
  • Shorwell
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°38′40″N 1°21′18″W / 50.64453°N 1.35499°W / 50.64453; -1.35499Coordinates: 50°38′40″N 1°21′18″W / 50.64453°N 1.35499°W / 50.64453; -1.35499
Thatched cottages in Shorwell

Shorwell (pronounced Shorrel by some locals and Islanders) is a village and civil parish[2] on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. It is six kilometres from Newport in the southwest of the island. Shorwell was one of Queen Victoria's favourite places to visit on the Isle of Wight.


The parish of Shorwell contains three manors: North Shorwell (or Northcourt), South Shorwell (or Westcourt), and Wolverton.[3] Northcourt was built in 1615 by the Deputy Governor of the Island, Sir John Leigh, and is the islands's largest manor house. It is now a bed and breakfast.[4]


Northcourt Manor's grounds contain a spring, the Shor Well, which feeds a stream, one of the tributaries of the Buddle Brook. There is a pub called the Crown Inn, featuring a pond stocked with brown trout.

The land around Shorwell is very hilly, and backs onto the chalk downs leading to Chale Bay and Compton Bay.

Shorwell is graced by a twelfth-century church, St. Peter's Church, Shorwell.

The Island's oldest netball club is also based in Shorwell as well as Shorwell United, the Island's oldest Sunday League football club.


It is linked to other parts of the Island by Southern Vectis bus route 12, serving Freshwater, Totland and Newport as well as intermediate villages.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  2. ^ English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004
  3. ^ Adams, William Henry Davenport (1856). The history, topography, and antiquities of the isle of Wight (Now in the public domain. ed.). Smith, Elder, and Co. pp. 154–. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Northcourt Manor official website
  5. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus route 7". 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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