An extract from: The History of the Isle of Wight by Richard Worsley 1781

The Parish of Shalfleet in the West Medina, like that of Newchurch, extends across the Island from the Northern to the Southern shore, being however very narrow at the Southern extremity. Its northern shore is extensive, stretching from Yarmouth eastwards to Newtown Bay; it is bounded by the parishes of Calbourn and Mottiston on the east, a small extent of sea shore on the south, on the west by the parish of Brook, a detached portion of St Nicholas and the parishes of Thorley and Yarmouth.

 The manor of Shalfleet was held by Edric in the time of Edward the Confessor; and at the General survey was among the extensive possessions of Gozeline Fitz-Azor; it had been rated at six hides, but at that time only paid for three; in the Confessors time it was valued at twenty pounds, and at the time of the General survey, at twenty five pounds, and then had a church. The manor did not continue long in the last mentioned family, being very early in that of Trenchard. This family came probably to into the island when Richard Redvers had the lordship. As the oldest accounts info us, that the earl Richard gave to Pagan Trenchard the manor of Hordhall, near Lymington in the county of Southampton; to which is to be added the oldest pipe roll (accounts), pagan Trenchard is to be charged with the levy of Dangeld, in the Isle of Wight. King Stephen had then taken the Island from Baldwin, Earl of Devon. It appears that neither hideage or the efeuage  was collected by the Crown when it was held by the Lords of the Island.

 Although this ancient family often resided at Shalfleet, they lived chiefly at Hordhall, in the Register of the Diocese, a licence is mentioned for Richard Trenchard to have mass celebrated for himself and his family at Hordhall. In the fourteenth of Edward the second (1321), Ralph Georges petitioned the parliament against Sir Henry Tyers, Constable of Carisbrook Castle, for maintaining Sir Henry Trenchard, at that time and outlaw *, in possession of his lands, against the rights of the King; but this outlawry came to nothing, as Trenchard still retained his lands. Soon after, John Trenchard settled the manor of Shalfleet on the marriage of his younger son Henry; from whom it was descended by female heir, through several generations, till Thomas Worsley, Esquire of Appuldurcombe, purchased the manor from John Waller, Esquire. It is still in that branch of the Worsley family.

 * The outlawry was probably accounted on account of Trenchard having associated with the mal content Barons against the King, in the ensuing year, Sir Henry Tyler suffered death for adhering to Thomas, of Woodstock, and othe Barons in an insurrection.

  There is a farm in the manor of Shalfleet, called Wallerans, which received its name from Walleran Trenchard, a younger son of Sir Henry Trenchard, to whom it was given by his brother John in the twenty third of Edward the first (1295), as appears by the deed still existing.


The church of Shalfleet being mentioned in Domesday Book must have existed at the time of the General Survey but was probably founded after the time of William Fitz-Osborn for as he gave all his other churches to the to the Abbey of Lyra it is natural to conclude he bestowed the all. Edward the third granted it to William Montacute, whose arms are still to be seen in the painted glass of the church windows; and the Earl gave it to his newly founded monastry at Bustleham or Bisham in Berkshire. The impropriation, after the dissolution of the monastries, was purchased by Lord Chief Justice Fleming, who devised it to a younger branch of its family, and after passing through several hands , it came to the family Reeves, in which hands it still remains.


The first account we have of Ningewood or Lingwood is, that was granted by Baldwin, Earl of Devon, to the monks of Christ-Church, in which Priory it remained until its suppression, when it was, with Shalcombe and other lands, exchanged by Henry the Eighth with Thomas Hopson Esquire, ancestor of the famous admiral, for the manor of Marylebone in Middlesex. Ningwood was purchased from Hopson by one of the family Comber, and descended from them to Sir Thomas Miller, Baronet through the female line.


Wellow was held by the Lords of the Island in Demesne and came to the Crown when the Lordship of the Island was purchased by Edward the first. It was granted with other Crown lands to the several subsequent Lords, and being bestowed on George, Duke of Clarence, it continued in the Crown after his attainder till King James the First granted it away again. It was purchased with other estates by the family Comber from whom it came to Sir Thomas Miller, Baronet.

Shalfleet Sources

Note: These pages are my transcriptions of original documents, they are accurate to the best of my ability but I do not take any responsibility for errors.

6 November 2005