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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] The Shorwell helmet, a sixth-century Anglo-Saxon helmet, was found in the parish. Northcourt was built in 1615 by the Deputy Governor of the Island, Sir John Leigh, and is the islands's largest manor house.


The Crown Inn

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.[4]


  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. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus route 7". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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