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Isle of Wight History of Brighstone Village (formerly Brixton in the 19th century)
Smuggling was a major occupation in Brighstone
during the 18th and 19th century with some smugglers rowing
across to France & the Channel Island in long boats. A
barrel of brandy still full was found in recent years down the
road from Carrier Stable when the building was being converted.
Some stone/chalk buildings have a small old square rig sailing
ship designs carved into them and some say that this was a
symbol that these were safe houses to store contraband. Many of
these smugglers went on to be crew on the first local lifeboats.
Brighstone is steeped in history with a Norman church of over 800 years old with a rectory next to the graveyard dating back to 1347. There are many fine thatches and stone buildings in and around the village, North Street in the centre being a fine example
Originally there were two public houses in the centre of the village one is now the village hairdressers, previously the 'Five Bells Inn' the second was called the 'New Inn' till it was renamed 'The Three Bishops' as there has been three local churchmen who have gone on to become bishops (Thomas Ken, Samuel Wilberforce and George Moberely).
Bronze age burial mounds can be found on the
downs above Brighstone, the picture at the top of the home page
was taken just to the side of one of the mounds. The Romans also
lived in the shadow of the downs where the remains of a villa
were found similar to that found in Newport, only a 400 yards up
our road on farm land further up the road close to a spring, the
stream from this runs through a now converted mill house then
flows past just 130m from Carriers Stable. Skeletal remains were
found in the building when building stone was being removed for
reuse back in the 19th century.
North Street in village centre (old stone thatched cottages) includes the library and village museum.