Chapel Street

Upper St James Street to New Street

Chapel Street is probably so named because the whole of the land on the west side of Nodehill, over part of which the street runs, was called ‘Chapel Close’.

Chapel-street and Union-street were laid out of land that was a garden known as Gould’s Garden, entrance between Nodehill Chapel and Mr Rugg’s photographic establishment.

Left hand side from St James Street

Live Wire – closed
Rear of Farmhouse Fayre
1 1889 Charles TURTLE – carrier
1900-24 Charles MATTHEWS – town carrier

 

—here is Trafalgar Lane—

2 Alma House

Circa 1856, 3 storey, stucco, flanked by Doric pilasters, frieze, block string course, plinth. Low pitch hipped slate roof, wide moulded eaves cornice. 2 windows, recessed sash, glazing bars, moulded stucco surrounds, block sill. Ground floor with round headed lights, Doric pilasters and moulded arches over. Recessed door of 4 fielded panels, upper 2 round headed, semi-circular fanlight and stucco arch over. Listed Grade II, 1972

 

4a The design Centre
Delta Architectural Services Ltd
5a to 7 Private houses

 

—here is Union Street—

8 to 14a Private Houses
15 Medina Veterinary Group

 

—here is New Street—

Right hand side from St James Street

44
43 1883 Chapel
Island Bedding Centre
R G DIXCEY
42 Jame E Mosque Islamic Community Centre
41
40
Garages x 2
38 Chapel Street Therapy Centre
38a

 

33 1889 William MOORMAN – cabinet maker
32 Holly House Care Home (G Elliott & Branda Furse)
31a Jjm Design & Construction Ltd
30 Chapel House – Vectis Housing Society Ltd

28        The Magnet (beerhouse)

The original beerhouse dating back to Goldbourne Act of 1830, which empowered any household or ratepayer to open their house for the sale of beer on payment of two guineas (£2 2s. 0d or post 1971 £2.10p) to the local excise office.

1904 George JONES
1924-1960s Oliver HAMILTON

 

On an early spring morning in April 1943, the Nazi bombers came.

They flew low over Newport, unloading their deadly cargo and devastating a huge area of the town.

During that terrifying morning, 20 residents — including two children, one aged 12 and one aged five — were killed and many more were injured.

Apart from the raid on Cowes and East Cowes, which happened in May the previous year, the raid, which became known as the Chapel Street bombing, inflicted the single biggest loss of life for civilians on the IW during the Second World War.

Scars from the raid remain in the town even today. In Chapel Street itself, there are gaps in what was once a row of neat terrace houses, five houses were wrecked and there were more fatalities, including two widowed sisters, Mrs FLUX and Mrs BUCKLER, who lived together, and a young airman, A. C. CARLTON and his wife, who were spending a short holiday with Mr CARLTON’S father, who was so badly injured he, too, later died in hospital.

In one house in the street, an 85-year-old man was spared when he was saved by a piano he was sheltering beneath, which took the weight of falling debris.

One survivor of the Chapel Street bomb was just nine years old when the enemy bombers came.

(IOW County Press Online April 26, 2013)

Car Park to Scarrots Lane

21 to 17 Private Houses

Lived in the street

1830 Rev. John BISHOP
1889 William BARTON