Place:Niton, Isle of Wight, England

Alt namesNeetonsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 126
Niton Undercliffsource: settlement in parish
Upper Nitonsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.583°N 1.267°W
Located inIsle of Wight, England     (1890 - )
Also located inHampshire, England     ( - 1890)
See alsoEast Medina Liberty, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Isle of Wight Rural, Isle of Wight, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
South Wight District, Isle of Wight, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-1995
Isle of Wight (council), Isle of Wight, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority covering the area since 1995
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Niton is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Wight, England near Ventnor. Niton village is split into two halves by a break in the inner cliff large enough to house the main road through the village. Upper Niton lies in a hollow and is set around a crossroads. The parish had a population of 2,082 in the 2011 UK census.

The lower part of the village, below the inner cliff is often known as Niton Undercliff, and was a small fishing hamlet until the 19th century. This part of Niton flourished in Victorian times due to the popularity of Ventnor as a health resort, and many mansions and holiday cottages were built here.

In 1933 the area of Niton civil parish was expanded when it absorbed Whitwell civil parish. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

The road on the Undercliff continues east from Niton towards Ventnor. The Undercliff at Niton includes the most southerly point of the Isle of Wight, St. Catherine's Point which has a lighthouse. The source of the river, the Eastern Yar is in the parish, a little to the north of the village.

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