Bembridge, the Best Village on the Isle of Wight
Bembridge, a village on the Isle of Wight, was simple a collection of wooden huts and farmhouses until the building of its first church in 1827. The next milestone in its development was the draining of Brading Hay a tidal estuary wide enough to separate this small village from the Isle of Wight. Hotels and a railway station were built on the reclaimed land and the Bembridge Sailing Club, now one of the oldest sailing clubs in the UK was founded a few years later. The club soon became the centre of a high society gatherings featuring the rich and famous. Today, Bembridge still has much to recommend it as a place to visit.