Place:Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England

Alt namesFrescewatresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 126
Aftonsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.683°N 1.517°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

Freshwater is a large village and civil parish at the western end of the Isle of Wight, England. Freshwater Bay is a small cove on the south coast of the Island which also gives its name to the nearby port. The parish sits at the western end of the region known as the Back of the Wight or the "West Wight" and is a popular tourist area.

Freshwater is close to steep chalk cliffs. It was the birthplace of physicist Robert Hooke (1625-1703) and was the home of Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Freshwater.

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