British Place Names

A comprehensive online gazetteer

Home » Isle of Wight » Ventnor, Isle of Wight - local map, administrative data, historical information and reader comments

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Local area map loading...

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor is a seaside resort and civil parish established in the Victorian era on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, England. It lies underneath St Boniface Down (which, at 240 metres, is the highest point on the Isle of Wight), and is built on steep slopes and cliffs leading down to the sea. The higher part is referred to as Upper Ventnor (although officially it is Lowtherville); the lower part, where most of the amenities are located, being known as Ventnor.
Post townVENTNOR
Administrative CountyIsle of Wight
Traditional CountyHampshire
OS GridSZ5677
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityHampshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityIsle of Wight
Fire and Rescue AuthorityIsle of Wight
Ambulance AuthorityIsle of Wight
Dialling code01983
Population6,257 (2001 Census)

Ventnor, Isle of Wight in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ventnor, watering-place and par. with ry. sta., Isle of Wight, on SE. coast, 11 miles S. of Ryde and 90 SW. of London - par., 458 ac., pop. 5739; town, 215 ac., pop. 5504; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Its beautiful situation amid the picturesque scenery of the Under cliff, and its genial climate, have made Ventnor one of the most popular of English health resorts. So late as 1830 it was only a small fishing village. It has an esplanade, pier, recreation ground, public gardens, &c., and a good beach for bathing. Near the town is the National Consumption Hospital. John Sterling, whose biography is written by Carlyle, resided and died at Hillside, Ventnor.

Your comments about Ventnor, Isle of Wight

What do you know about Ventnor, Isle of Wight? Give us the benefit of your local knowledge and opinions here!

comments powered by Disqus