Location:

St Helens and the adjoining village of Bembridge are located on the Eastern side of the Island; quiet, friendly villages but close to all amenities and near the busy resort towns of Ryde and Sandown. St Helens is a coastal village; a 10 min walk to St Helens Duver which was once the location of the first golf course on the Island, now owned by the National Trust and a favourite beach and picnic spot for locals and visitors.

The Green - divided in 3 parts - is the focus of the village. Used in the Summer for cricket, in the Winter for football, it also is the venue for the Summer Fete, Carnival, Funfair and Sunday car boot sales. It’s a place to catch up with friends, or make new ones! There is also a car park, small playground and petanque court. In addition to two good restaurants, (also the famous Baywatch Café on the beach),a friendly pub and two little shops, the bigger village of Bembridge is nearby. Here are all the shops you might need, including a good butcher, wet fish shop (for local crab and lobster), a farm shop, and two deli’s. Also several restaurants, café/bars and pubs....

History:

The origins of St Helens revolved around the 12th century Cluniac Priory and the church, built by the monks and administered by them, but claimed by the Crown in 1414. In 1720 a great wave destroyed the old church, although the tower still stands as a landmark. St Helens was a port of considerable importance in the 1300’s; in 1346 Edward III set sail from there to invade Normandy and Lord Nelson’s last view of England was the St Helen’s seamark. With the expansion of Cowes, St Helens declined in importance, although many ships still called there.