High Street – South

High Street (South side)

From Coppins Bridge to Castlehold/Pyle Street & Carisbrooke Road

1st recorded in 13th-14th centuries

1 1844-51 John PERKINS baker
1851 John PERKINS Shopkeeper, grocer &c
? Eyeland Opticians
2 ? Sandwich Bar
3 1844 John HALLET greengrocer
John HALLETT Retailer of beer
4 ? James GUY
5 1852 John Charlton BLOXAM Esq gentry
1852 Robert BLOXAM Esq gentry
6 1844 Edward PERKINS Marine store dealer
1911 Stanley FOSTER


Demolition of Nos.4-6 made way for the new police station in 1963, it serving as the new divisional headquarters for the Isle of Wight.

Police Station and yard

7 Salisbury Arms

This little inn taking its name from a British Prime Minster, Lord Salisbury, had the unusual distinction of belonging to a charitable trust. Dating from around the 19th century, it was operated as a joint venture with a pork butcher’s business and the kitchen contained large coppers in which pigs carcasses were scalded. Consequently they were useful for preparing large quantities of soap distributed by the charity to Newport’s poor during cold-weather, the ingredients being provided by the town’s wealthier citizens.

1844 Issac WATERMAN Carpenter, joiner, wheelwright
1851 Samuel WHITMORE innkeeper
1859 Peter STARK
1871-8 Thomas COLE Pork Butcher & Inn Keeper
Ellen Cole Wife
1879 William HOLE
1881-5 James RICE Inn Keeper
Maria Rice Wife +  Florence Rice/Daughter
Thomas HUMPHREY Brother in Law, Joiner

The County Press of 8 January 1887 reported that in 19 distributions on Wednesday and Fridays, over 5,880 quarts of soap and as many 1 lb loaves of bread were distributed.

1889 Fredk John BOTTING
1891-1901 Jane E COOKE Inn Keeper, Widow
1901 Lilly RIDING General Servant
1908 John DELLAR Licensed victular

Newport Adjourned Licensing Sessions

Insp. Cass said the premises belonged to the Trustees of Newport Charity and the Clerk said that Mr B Roach Pittis, as one of the Charity Trustees, would take no part in the hearing of that application. The premises with the adjoining Barbers Shop, was rated at £19, with Income Tax of £24. There had been three transfers of the licence during the last three years. The licensee Mr John DELLAR, he was informed, paid no rent, his wife tended to the business during the greater part of the day, and the licensee worked at the brewery for Messrs. Mew Langton & Co., who leased the premises. The house was not required, as there were houses near with ample and better accommodation to cope with the trade that house was doing. Within 200 yards there were four establishments. The Police had no complaints against the licensee or the conduct of the house.

The Mayor and Bench were of the opinion that the Salisbury Arms should be reported to the Authorities at Winchester for Compensation. (Isle of Wight County Press 14 March 1908.)

After closure in 1908.

1971 Duke Bros. Ltd local building suppliers of Marley products

The premises were used up until the late 1970’s when the building was demolished and the present structure put in its place.

7 Advise Hub Social Services


1662 Feoffment-a grant of ownership of freehold property to someone.
2 messuages, Lower end of High Street
George MARTIN 1) gent, Deptford
Emmanuel GREYSTOCKE 2) victualler, Newport


1760 Emmanuel GRISTOCK Will of, proved 5 Feb. 1760
1769 Lease and release 2 messuages, lower end
Emmanuel GRISTOCK 1 ) deceased, Butcher, Portsmouth
Thomas WALE 2) Carpenter and Eleanor, his wife, Newport
1769 Mortgage
1) Thomas WALE and Eleanor
2) Thomas HEWITT, gent, West Cowes
1770 Assignment of Mortgage
1) Thomas WALE
2) Thomas HEWITT
3) Joshua HARWOOD, Block-maker, West Cowes
1774 Bond
1) Thomas WALE, Carpenter
2) Thomas COOKE, Distiller

that the house at the lower end of High Street intended to be demolished and a meeting house built for the Worship of God after the manner of Protestant Dissenters called Baptists in and around Newport thereon and that land lying to the west side of such premises shall not be built on.

1775 Certificate of Registration by the Bishop of Winchester of a congregation of Protestant Discovered of the denomination of Baptists, High Street.
1775 Charge at Ordination of Revd. Thomas TWENING of Downton, Wilts. By John STURCH, Elder
Charge delivered at Ordination by John STURCH, jnr.


Unitarian Chapel
Set back from the street between Nos 9 and 10. Early C19 though the founding date is 1774. enlarged, including the present front in 1825. 2 storeys deep red brick with a full width brick pediment with painted coping, deep stucco frieze, with projecting centre panel, decorated with Chinoiserie incised pattern. 3 Gothic windows with intersecting glazing bars, the centre one wider and with continuous block sill on 1st floor, rubbed brick arches on thin stucco imposts. Central double doors with fielded panels blind pointed fanlight
with intersecting glazing bars, panelled reveals and soffit. Stucco architrave surround with flanking colonettes and roll moulded arch over.

1774 T F THOMAS Minister
1775 Protestant Dissenters Meeting House
Edmund KELL Minister
1783 John STURCH – elder

1838 Abstract of Title; with plan of Edgar CHATFIELD-CLARKE and others of a dwelling house and garden situated on the south side of High Street adjoining the Unitarian Church.


Nos 8 to 13 (consec) form an interesting group
Nos 8 & 9
Mid C18. Brick, 2 storeys, 3 windows, 2 being bays, with rustication between the storeys. Good small modillion cornice. Moulded bands. Panelled parapet. No glazing bars. Recessed central door, with simple fanlight and round headed architrave. No 9 has a mid C19 door with hood, at one end of the building, and projects with 2 storeys, and one 3 light sash window to each. Both numbers have tile hung ends. No 9 is later, but has a double gabled end, and brick bands continuing the line of No 8. Listed Oct. 1953

8 1852 Thomas COOKE gentry
1911 Miss URRY gentry
9 1911 Frank BREAKER gardener


Nos 10 – 11

10 1844 Esther DABELL fruiterer
11 1844-51 Benjamin HAYLES tailor

2 small houses of mid C18, of 3 storeys, but varying heights. Old tile roof. Brick.

No 10 has one window, one dormer and a ground floor bow.

No 11 has 2 storeys, bowed, and both numbers have doors with small pedimental hoods.

Listed 1972


Nos 12 and 13 have one window each, 2 dormers, plain doors, and mid C19 shop fronts.

13 1844 Ann PRIOR Milliner & dress maker
1911 Mrs Esther BELCHER shopkeeper


14 1971 Lucky Dip
Island Computers closed
The Sign Co Ltd
14A 1910 Frederick William COOKE


Nos 15 & 16
Early C19. 3 storeys grey headers with red brick window and door dressings and quoins. No 15 has a hipped slate roof, wood eaves cornice, 4 windows recessed, sash, glazing bars, block sills. 2 bay windows on 1st floor of 3 lights with slightly bowed fronts, plain strips, frieze, moulded cornice and panelled aprons. Recessed door with semi-circular fanlight and a depressed carriage arch with panelled double doors. Listed 1972

15 1844 John HAYLES           builder
1844-51 John HAYLES           builder, carpenter & joiner

No 16 has a block string course , a tiled roof with 2 hipped dormers, 4 windows as on No 15, but no bays. Recessed fielded panelled door flanked by fluted Doric pilasters with pediment over.

Listed 1972

16 1844-51 Charles CROOK Cabinet maker & upholsterer
Charles CROOK Furniture broker
17 1844 Francis CHEVERTON Shopkeeper, grocers &c
1844-51 Francis CHEVERTON Tailor & draper
1851 Sarah Elizabeth NOBBS Milliner & dressmaker
1923-31 E J EDGAR last island clay pipe maker


Nos 19 & 20
Mid C18 house divided in 2. 2 storeys purple grey brick, rubbed brick dressings, block string course in brick and small plinth, Modern slate roof behind panelled parapet with stone coping. 2 dormers. 5 windows facing street, recessed, sash, no glazing bars, block sills, flat rubbed brick arches. The centre breaks forward with one round headed window over the door. Recessed door of 6 fielded panels semi-circular fanlight, good doorcase of fluted Doric pilasters, broken pediment with dentils
and small modillions.
East front of red brick with grey headers, 5 windows, one blind to north on 1st floor, 3 in centred bay through both storeys, recessed, sash, glazing bars, block sills, flat rubbed brick arches.

Listed 1953

18 1851 CHEVERTON & MOOREY Builders, carpenters & joiners, stone masons
QS Furniture – closed
19 Hallams
20 1851 Peter Evan TURNBUU Esq gentry
Colemans Bookshop
Woolwich Equitable Building Society

Hogshead No 20

After the Whitbread Company spent years during the 1970s and 80s closing down Newport’s pub, in the 1990s it opened a new one to meet demand. In all the years on the Island this is the only one they ever opened. It opened for business in May 1977 and continues until today.

The interior of the premises were previously Colemans Bookshop.


21 1844 John PONSFORD Ironmongers
1851 John PONSFORD Brazier & tinman
22 1844 William WILKINS Nursery & seedsman
1851 Charles FLUX Butcher – pork
1911 John BISHOP Boot makers


23 1844-51 Frederick COWDERY Chine, glass &c dealer
Grocer & tea dealer
Agent for Guardian


23 Medina Cinema

It not only showed films but also put on Christmas pantomimes, as well as Sunday evening talent contests.

It was part of local folklore now that this was where Terry Parkins was discovered, a modest lad brought up in Prospect Road, who went on to earn show business fame as Craig Douglas.

One advantage The Medina had was it was directly opposite Jolliffe’s shop. After watching the film you could simply cross the road and indulge in one of their legendary peppery meat pies and a bottle of brown ale. (Isle of Wight County Press, Wight Memories, 9 January 2015 by Brian Greening)


No. 23 Yates Wine Lodge

This pub opened in March 2003 in the derelict lower and front upper floor of the then closed Medina Cinema.

24 1844 Samuel PRING Brush maker, coal merchant, pattern maker
25 1844-51 Henry WAVELL Chemist & druggist
26 1851 John Gubbins COWDERY Grocer & tea dealers


26 1892-1912 J GENTLE Draper
27 1844 Joseph SAYER Linen & woollen drapers
1851 James & William GUBBINS Booksellers & stationers
27 1971 Francis Hutchinson
Magnet & Planet B. S
A-Plan Insurance
27a Walter Gray & Co
28 1851 James GROVES Grocer & tea dealer
1889 Edward MORRIS Upholsterer, Cabinet-Maker and Carpet Warehouseman


29A & 29
Early C19 building of 3 storeys, gault brick, block string course. Slate roof behind parapet with pediment in centre, moulded cornice, 4 windows, recessed, sash, block sills. 1st floor 2 large bay windows of 5 lights panelled strips, frieze, dentil cornice, panelled aprons. Modern shop front to ground floor. Listed 1972

29 1851 Joseph SAYER Linen & woollen drapers
Registrar of marriages


1892 Mr Wall
County Press Closed moved to Pyle Street
Connections Careers Centre closed
Choices closed

The property offers a wide frontage to the High Street and comprises two linked buildings dating from the late 1900´s, set out over three floors with a private car park to the rear for 5/ 6 cars. The property has until recently been let in whole to IW Council and is now vacant and available to let or for sale. It was formerly the headquarters of IW County Press

30 1844 William FRENCH baker
1844 Jane GUBBINS Milliner & dressmaker
1851 John Haynes MEW Bookseller & stationers, teacher of music & music seller


30 1865 Frederick COLE
1892 Varty’s tea dealer
Countrywide Residential Lettings

Early C19 3 storeys purple grey headers with deep red brick dressings. Low pitch gable end slate roof, wood eaves cornice. 4 windows 2nd floor, recessed, sash, block sills, flat brick arches. 1st floor, 2 bay windows of 3 lights. Doric pilasters, frieze and cornice, block sills, Victorian
shop front, modern fascia below cornice, 2 windows, either side of recessed glazed door, divided by colonettes, the upper corners of the panes are curved. Side doors, recessed of 6 fielded panels, rectangular fanlights, flanked by Doric pilasters with fluted capitals. Listed 1972

31 1844 William GUBBINS Corn factors & mealmen
1851 Robert KING Confectioners & fruiterers
1911 James Graham ALEXANDER Solicitor


John G Murdoch & Co Piano & Organ Manufacturers
Watson Bull & Porter Estate Agents


—here is Church Place or Upper Holyrood up to 1861

On the northern side of the square, that is joining with the High Street, it was considered the best place for the butchers to sell their meats. In 1618 the Corporation considered it best for stalls to be placed here where by reason whereof they cannot sell corrupt and unwholesome flesh to divers of the King’s Majesty’s liege people. The butchers were ordered to sell in the High Street or in the Butchers’ Shambles. In 1656 Richard RUDYARD submitted to the Corporation a “model of a hansom structure” which was to replace a house next to the Shambles, late of Widow BARTON together with four others properties he had purchased.

1650 Nicholas LEE Counterpart of lease by mayor, etc. to N.Lee of Newport, butcher, Mary his wife and Edward his son of a messuage, etc, which premises were given by John SERLE, Esq., and Davis SERLE, gent to the corporation of Newport paying yearly 40s to the Grammar School and 10s to the old alms houses, near the Pound.                                      NBC/1/63
1694 Robert MARTELL Lease by the mayor etc.  of a butcher’s shop … to a tenement now in occupation of William COLEMAN, which shop was heretofore in occupation of William RUFFIN and afterwards William GUYER, upon surrender of a former lease dated 28 February 1675 to John ALEXANDER.                                                   NBC/1/88
1694 Joan HARVEY Lease by the mayor etc., a widow, of a messuage etc., wherein John CLARKE and Temperance his wife sometime dwelt and now in occupation of said Joan Harvey with backside and garden adjoining (½ place) heretofore granted by John SERLE Esq., and Daniel SERLE, gent to the corporation of Newport, for the maintenance of the school and almshouses.
1697 Peter RIDGE Lease for 51 years by the mayor, etc., P.R., of London, gent of a shop in the butcher’s shambles (No 5), beginning and counting from the east end of the same shambles, now in occupation of John GIAR, butcher, on surrender of a lease dated 9 August 1682 to Stephen REYNOLDS, grocer, deceased.
1697 Elizabeth Moore Of Westminster, widow… also 1 messuage now in occupation of Elizabeth COLEMAN, widow, and all those 3 shops, now or late used for butchers shops whereof one is in occupation of said Elizabeth Coleman and the other two of Joan Harvey, widow. Also an outhouse used as a kitchen to the now dwelling house of  Elizabeth Coleman.


Elizabeth Moore All on S.W. Part of the Butchers Shambles, on the south side of High Street, except for a passage through the said  Butchers Shambles leading to the house of William TRICKETT, apothecary, on the west side of the alley.

The above is part of the document under NBC/1/98

In 1759 there was at least six butchers shops in a row.

At some point the above Butchers shambles were pulled down and a new replacement building constructed on the site.

32 1851 Kate & Fanny MILLIGAN Milliners & dressmakers, straw bonnet makers

No 32 Eagle Tavern

1871 John JANES Publican
Ann Janes wife
Mary Ann HAWKER General Servant
1875 Mrs Ann CALPINE
1881 William H CALPINE Inn Keeper
Emily J Calpine wife
1889 Robert GEORGE
1891 Robert W GEORGE Licensed Victualler
Alice E George wife
Charlotte WATERHOUSE General Servant
1901-15 John A CREAL Licensed Victualler
Dorcas Creal Wife + family
Blanche BUDD Niece
Harry F EDNEY Boarder, Barman
1920 Leonard James John MCKINLEY
1927 William John FORTESCUE

Early C19 block. 3 storeys and attic in gault brick. Mansard slate roof. 5 dormers. Parapet and cornice, 6 windows, 1st and 2nd floors, one in rounded eastern corner, recessed, sash, glazing bars. Ground floor modern shops and late Victorian bar front to the Eagle Tavern which has small cast iron balconies to its 1st floor windows. The adjoining house in St Thomas’s Square (qv) is part of the same premises. 3 storeys purple grey brick with red brick dressings. 2 windows, recessed,
sash, only one with glazing bars. Narrow windows added to west on ground and 1st floors. Later door with flat brick arch. Listed building 29 October 1969


33 1844 William LAMBERT Printers – letter-press
1908-10 Edward MORRIS
1910-28 Morris department store China dealer
1928-39 Furniture warehouse
x-1958 Morris of Newport Ltd
1958-76 Chiesmans Ltd
1976 Army & Navy Stores Bought out by House of Frazer which ceased in 2006
34 1844 Elizabeth & Caroline STARLING Berlin repository also straw hat makers
1904 Melia’s Stores Ltd Grocers. F. CLEMENTS, manager
1907-11 Edward PAYN draper
Hopkins FOX
Carphone Warehouse

Animal was conceived in 1987 by two surfers who were really fed up with continuously losing their watches in the water due to the straps breaking under extreme conditions. They came up with a solution in the form of a webbing and velcro strap that seemed to put an end to their problems. Animal has now grown into one of the UK’s fastest growing action sports brands, producing clothing, watches, eyewear, footwear, luggage and accessories.

35 1844 Edward WILKIN Watch & clock maker
1851 Alfred WARNE Watch & clock maker
H SAMUEL Jewellers
36 1844 Joseph STARLING hatter
1851 Sarah STARLING hatter
Laura Ashley furunishings
37 1851 Henry RICE fruiterer
38 1851 George NILDENHALL Breeches maker & glover, fellmonger
1880 J PEACH Practical shoeing & general-smith
39 1844-51 William Barton GROVES butcher
Jane GUBBINS Straw hat maker


Here is Cornmarket up to 1861 when re-named St Thomas Square


40 1844-51 E A & M ROUTH Fishmonger, poulterer, fruiterer
1911 Bishop Brothers Boot makers
Lennards Ltd Boots & shoes
Specsavers Ltd Opticians -closed
41 1844 Robert DAVIES hatter
1851 William MILLER Hardware dealer
Louisa AVERY Milliner & dressmaker



Nos 42 & 42A
Early C19 3 storeys grey headers with deep red brick dressings. Low pitch gable end slate roof with wood eaves cornice. Broad wooden block string course. 4 windows, recessed, sash, glazing bars, block sills, flat brick arches. Modern shop front on ground floor. Listed February 1972

42 1844 John EASON Saddler & harness amker
1851 Edwward Ludlum HACKETT Saddler & harness maker
1932 International Stores
42-42a Clintons Greeting cards etc


No 43
Late C18. 4 storeys, grey headers with red brick dressings. Hipped slate roof and wood eaves cornice. 2 red brick block string courses. 2 windows 3rd floor, recessed sash, block sills, moulded flush wood frames. 1st and 2nd floor, 3 light shallow bow windows with glazing bars, reeded strips and moulded frames, frieze and modillion and  dentil cornices. Modern shop front below. Listed February 1972

43 1867 William POORE Bookseller, stationers, pianoforte & music
W Gubbins & Son Booksellers
1911 Archibald Gaydon BIRD bookshop & stationers
1971 Abbey National Building Society


44 1844 Robert HOPKINS Lace manufactures
1851 Wadmore Brothers Tailor, draper & clothes dealer
1913 Wadham & Sons
1932 TRUSCOTT Ladies & gents
45 1844-51 William WAY & Son Grocer, tea dealer, tallow chandler, maltster
1844-51 William Whitehead WAY As above
1911 John Kenneth ALDERSLADE Painter & decorator
1930 John Kenneth ALDERSLADE Builders Decorators merchants
Top floor indoor bowling rink (winter only)
Holland & Barrett Health Foods

Nos 46 & 47
Early C19. 3 storeys grey headers with red brick dressings. Gable end old tile roof and header eaves cornice. 4 windows 2nd floor, casements No 46, sash, no glazing bars, casements No 46, sash, no glazing bars No 47, all with block sills and moulded flush wood frames. Bow windows on 1st floor. No 46 has flat fronted bow of 3 lights, glazing bars, panelled pilasters, frieze and modillion cornice breaking forward slightly to front. No 47 has semi-circular bow of 3 lights no glazing bars, plain strips, frieze and dentil cornice, panelled apron. Modern shop fronts to ground floor. Listed February 1972

46 1844 James ROWDEN Perfumers & hair dressers
1844 ROWDEN & Co Printers – letter-press
1851 SNOOKE & UPWARD Book-binder, booksellers & stationers
Hayles the Jewellers
47 1851 John STONE Saddler & harness maker
1971 Ziggles
T M Barber
Thomas Cooke

No 48
1811. Part of the side elevation of the Country Club by John Nash No 18A St James’s Street qv. 3 storeys, parapet. 2 stucco bays and one in ashlar at the corner. 3 windows, sash, glazing bars, block
sills. Shallow 3 light bow window with parapet 1st floor of ashlar bay, plain strips and glazing bars. Listed October 1953

48 1844 John SPICKERNELL Grocer & tea dealer
1851 Henry DALLIMORE Grocer & tea dealer
F M Beach Hairdresser
Wadhams furnishers main entrance in St James Square
1648-1880 George Inn Occupied a site between the High Street and Pyle Street and was a substantial property running behind the Half Moon, the Red Lion and the Bell in St James’s Square. It was an old inn and became famous during the period of the civil war when Charles 1st was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle.
1668, June Bargain & Sale

1 messuage with backside and garden, lying on the east side of the George Inn late in occupation of Edward PLASSE, father and William & Edward PLASSE the sons, Fee farm rent of 8s payable to the King (premises late parcel of the manor of Arreton)

1)      Sir Levinius BENNETT of Babraham, Co. Cambridge, Baronet Judith his wife.

2)      Richard RUDYARD, gent

3)      Elizabeth his wife

AC 85/89/35

Wadhams, furnishers have occupied the site in latter years after the earlier building was demolished in the late 1880s.

The shop in Newport occupied for many years by Mr STONE, the saddler, and in later days by Mr UPTON and the Mr CHEVERTON, was one of the oldest places in the High Street. Not a vestage of it now remains, but those who pass by the vacant place, may reflect that up to a week or two ago the site was occupied by a house at whose old-fashioned gabled front Charles 1st must have often looked in those ancient days. (Isle of Wight County Press 19 July 1890)

The George Tavern, where the Royalists stayed during the negotiations between Charles and Parliament was on a site where in 1852 stood the shops of Wavell (chemist), Cowdery (grocer) Gubbins (stationer), Bird’s (1952)


49 1844 Befford HAYWARD Clothes dealer
1851 Crews DUDLEY Jewellery, silversmith, watch & clock maker
Trade Directories list
50 1844-51 William Henry MILLIDGE Chemist & druggist also agent for Crown (fire)
51 1844-51 Edward JOHNSON Linen & woollen drapers
52 1851 Edward UPWARD Booksellers, stationers. Hardware & toy dealer
49A Business Service Centre closed
48-49 Monsoon Accessorize Ltd fashion store


—here is St James’ Square – see separate entry.