Place:Binstead (IOW), Isle of Wight, England

NameBinstead (IOW)
Alt namesBinstead (near Ryde)source: alternate description
Fishbournesource: settlement in parish
Quarr Abbeysource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.727°N 1.188°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 1894-1933
Ryde, Isle of Wight, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1933
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
NOTE: This Binstead on the Isle of Wight should not be confused with Binsted (near Alton) in the northern part of Hampshire, close to the town of Alton.
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Binstead is a village and former civil parish on the Isle of Wight, England. It is located in the northeast of the Island, two kilometres west of Ryde on the main road (A3054) between Ryde and Newport. The civil parish of Binstead was absorbed into Ryde in 1933.

Binstead is recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book as "Benestede". It became known for the quality of its limestone which led to a local quarrying industry, the result of which is still visible in the village’s landscape and place names. The nearby Quarr Abbey takes its name from ‘quarry’, and the suffix ‘pitts’ is occasionally found in house and road names because the quarries were known as pits.

The earliest recorded quarrying was by the first Norman Bishop of Winchester, Walkelin, who was granted half a hide of land by William the Conqueror. He used the stone to construct Winchester Cathedral starting in 1079. Subsequently the stone was used in the building of Chichester Cathedral, Romsey Abbey and part of the Tower of London.

There is still a monastery at Quarr Abbey.

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