Place:Shorwell, Isle of Wight, England

Alt namesSorewellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 126
North Shorwellsource: manor in parish
Northcourtsource: alternate name for above
South Shorwellsource: manor in parish
Westcourtsource: alternate name for above
Woolvertonsource: manor in parish
Yaffordsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.633°N 1.35°W
Located inIsle of Wight, England     (1890 - )
Also located inHampshire, England     ( - 1890)
See alsoWest 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
Medina 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

Shorwell (pronounced "Shorel" by some locals and Islanders) is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Wight, England. It is located 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 Woolverton. Northcourt was built in 1615 by the Deputy Governor of the Island, Sir John Leigh, and is the largest manor house on the island.

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

The neighbouring parish of Kingston was absorbed into Shorwell in 1933.

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