A report on Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle just outside Carisbrooke
Osborne House and its grounds are now open to the public.
Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight, 1875 painting by Berthe Morisot
Statue of Jimi Hendrix outside Dimbola Lodge
Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight Bob Seely
Detailed map of the Isle of Wight
High Street in Newport, the county town
Graveyard on the grounds of the church in the town of Brading
Fields on the island with the coast of Great Britain in the background
Compton Chine, looking east towards Blackgang
Henry Bates Joel's 1895 artwork 'Bonchurch, near Ventnor, Isle of Wight' is a depiction of rural life on the island. It is exhibited in the Milntown Estate.
The crowd at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is believed to have been 600,000.
One of the Wightlink FastCats which provide a high-speed ferry service between Portsmouth and Ryde
A Southern Vectis Scania OmniDekka bus at Newport bus station
Ordnance Survey map of the island
Geological map of the island
Blackgang Chine, circa 1910
A view of the Needles and Alum Bay

County and the largest and second-most populous island of England.

- Isle of Wight
Carisbrooke Castle just outside Carisbrooke

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Danebury Fort – aerial image

Hampshire

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County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

Danebury Fort – aerial image
Plaque on Freemantle Common marking the route of the Roman Road from Chichester to Bitterne
Portchester combined Roman and Norman castles
Portsmouth historic dockyard, 2005
South West Hampshire & South East Dorset green belt (shown in green)
New Forest Pony in Burley
Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire County Council offices and Jubilee Fountain
Eastleigh railway works
Southampton Docks
The M3 near Basingstoke
County flag of Hampshire
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
Ageas Bowl cricket ground, West End, 2010
Fratton Park football ground, Portsmouth, from Milton End, 2006
Former Hampshire Chronicle office in Winchester, circa 1999

Historically part of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight was made a separate ceremonial county and the towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch were administered as part of the ceremonial county of Dorset.

Ryde Town Hall

Ryde

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Ryde Town Hall
Hovercraft leaving Ryde
Ryde Pier seen from Ryde
Union St
All Saints' Church
Ryde Castle
Ryde from the air
Map of Ryde from 1945
Ryde, seen from Ryde Pier and showing the twin spires.
Ryde Marina

Ryde is an English seaside town and civil parish on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Sandown's impressive sandstone and chalk cliffs at the northern end of the Bay

Sandown

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Sandown's impressive sandstone and chalk cliffs at the northern end of the Bay
A view of Sandown Meadows Nature Reserve along the flood plain of the Eastern Yar.
Looking out to the English Channel from the town's main beach
A view from the garden of Sandham Cottage, one of Sandown's first non-military buildings
Sandown Barrack Battery
The former Ocean Hotel
The distinctive 1930s roof tiles at Brown's Golf Course on Sandown seafront
HMS Eurydice foundering in 1878
Sandown Town Hall
Seaside golfers wait to tee off at Brown's, July 2020
The popular summer carnival
The Bandstand restaurant and cafe, an example of the town's regeneration
Sandown station, opened in 1864
The Hullabaloo event held in May
In 1858, naturalist Charles Darwin worked on the abstract that became On the Origin of Species
Germany's Crown Prince and Princess and their family spent the summer of 1874 in Sandown
Christ Church, Sandown's parish church consecrated in 1847
The stained glass window donated by the Crown Prince and Princess of Germany after their stay

Sandown is a seaside resort and civil parish on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom with the resort of Shanklin to the south and the settlement of Lake in between.

Cowes, ca. 1890 - 1900

Cowes

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Cowes, ca. 1890 - 1900
Where the Royal Yacht Squadron have their headquarters, and where the famous "Cowes Week" takes place in August. - From the Beautiful Britain series, The Isle of Wight, by G. E. Mitton.
Cowes marina
Cowes High Street
Ship under refurbishment in Arctic Road dry dock
The chain ferry, or "floating bridge", crossing the river; view from East Cowes
Cowes Esplanade and Cowes Castle (home of the Royal Yacht Squadron)
Cowes, viewed from East Cowes
The Cowes Library and Maritime Museum building

Cowes is an English seaport town and civil parish on the Isle of Wight.

Cottage Hospital, Ventnor, c. 1899

Ventnor

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Cottage Hospital, Ventnor, c. 1899
Photochrom of Ventnor, 1899
Airmen and WAAF operators at RAF Ventnor during the Battle of Britain
The Ventnor sign on Whitwell Road, 2009
Ventnor seen from the downs, 2017
The Undercliff at St Lawrence
Common Wall Lizard
Ventnor Botanic Garden, 2011
Ventnor High Street, 2017
Ventnor Park, April 2018
Ventnor Cascade, August 2006
Ventnor station, 1963
St Catherine's Church, 2016
Ventnor Cricket Ground, July 2011
Ventnor beach and pumping station, April 2018

Ventnor is a seaside resort and civil parish established in the Victorian era on the southeast coast of the Isle of Wight, England, 11 miles from Newport.

East Cowes Town Hall

East Cowes

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East Cowes Town Hall
East Cowes town centre
The Esplanade
Red Funnel car ferry Red Falcon at East Cowes ferry terminal
Saunders Roe East Cowes works in 1954 with Princess flying-boat
The beach at East Cowes
The progress of the new East Cowes Waitrose store, which is now open.It has now became a centre of the town's shopping Industry.

East Cowes is a town and civil parish to the north of the Isle of Wight, on the east bank of the River Medina, next to its west bank neighbour Cowes.

Freshwater town centre

Freshwater, Isle of Wight

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Freshwater town centre
Freshwater Bay, circa 1910. The large building in the foreground is The Albion, a Victorian hotel built in response to an influx in popularity
Dimbola Lodge (foreground, left), overlooking Freshwater Bay, 2006.
Although being sited near a cove, Freshwater often receives high waves as a result of storms in the English Channel
View of Freshwater from Tennyson Down, with the Solent beyond.
The ancient causeway over the River Yar, leading into Freshwater, looking west, with the tower of the mediaeval All Saints' Church, Freshwater, visible above the trees.
Freshwater Bay, with the lower reaches of the golf course in the foreground and the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down behind

Freshwater is a large village and civil parish at the western end of the Isle of Wight, England.

Satellite image showing the Solent, separating the Isle of Wight from Great Britain

The Solent

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Satellite image showing the Solent, separating the Isle of Wight from Great Britain
View of the Solent from Gurnard, near Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Solent from Wootton, Isle of Wight, showing Wightlink Fishbourne–Portsmouth ferries crossing.
Salt marsh near Lepe Country Park, with the Isle of Wight in the distance
A map of the Solent and surrounding areas from 1945
Calshot Castle protected the mouth of Southampton Water

The Solent is a strait between the Isle of Wight and Great Britain.

Newport High Street, circa 1910

Newport, Isle of Wight

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Newport High Street, circa 1910
New Redevelopment of the old bus station.
A map showing Newport.
An aerial photograph, showing Newport (bottom left).
View of Newport from Mount Joy, looking north with the Medina estuary in the distance
Isle of Wight Crown Court in Newport.
County Hall, Newport
Newport High Street
Newport Guildhall

Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight, an island county off the south coast of England.

A Formula 1 racing hovercraft

Hovercraft

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Air-cushion vehicle or ACV, is an amphibious craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud, ice, and other surfaces.

Air-cushion vehicle or ACV, is an amphibious craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud, ice, and other surfaces.

A Formula 1 racing hovercraft
SR.N4 hovercraft arriving in Dover on its last commercial route across the English Channel
U.S. Navy LCAC
A US Army LACV-30 (Lighter Air Cushion Vehicle, 30 Ton) hovercraft transports ground support equipment to shore in 1986
Charles Fletcher's Glidemobile in the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey
Curtiss-Wright Model 2500 Air Car, late 1950s
SR.N1 general arrangement
Passenger-carrying hovercraft, offshore from Ōita Airport in Japan
Russian-built Aerohod A48 hovercraft with passengers
In Britain, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution operates a small fleet of hovercraft lifeboats.
The Hovertravel service uses the Griffon Hoverwork 12000TD between the Isle of Wight and mainland England and,, is the only scheduled public hovercraft service in the world. Solent Flyer is shown here at Ryde.
The Hoverlloyd SR.N4 craft Swift GH-2004 on the pad at Pegwell Bay Hoverport, 1973
A volunteer fire department in Bavaria using a hovercraft to practise a rescue
Russian-built hovercraft "Hiivari" in Tampere, Finland
Civilian Kaiman-10 hovercraft for fishing and hunting
Hivus-10 hovercraft on Taimyr peninsula in April 2013
A U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion, an example of a military hovercraft
A Russian navy Landing Craft Zubr class, an example of a large armed military hovercraft
A Griffon 2000 TDX Class hovercraft of the Royal Marines on patrol in Iraq in April 2003
A U.S. patrol air cushion vehicle (PACV) in Cau Hai Bay near Hue South Vietnam 1968
Single-seater racing hovercraft
Hovercraft parked on foreshore in Wellington, New Zealand

Decline in public demand meant that, the only public hovercraft service in the world still in operation serves between the Isle of Wight and Southsea in the UK.