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The Isle of Wight History Centre is a comprehensive resource for news and links to the Island's past, from prehistory to recent times, including new discoveries and established work
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Monthly News Item  Regular feature revealing a recent discovery or event

Links to the Island's past are categorized . . .
Research Resources   For those wishing to make their own enquiries
General Island History   Pages covering a range of subjects or periods
Specific Subjects   Items of a particular period or interest
Previously Unpublished   Sites with an element of new research published for the first time
Monthly News Archives   News articles previously featured on this page



  Searches numerous pages on the IW History Centre server. 
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Our series of extracts from the Isle of Wight Historic Environment Record
included nearly 300 sites. They are archived here



Heritage Statements are raised as part of the planning process. They can sometimes involve comprehensive research and/or archaeological evaluation. Unfortunately they frequently only exist imbedded in online planning records. We have created links to a selection of statements here



 
Monthly News Item  November 2014
HERE COME THE CUTS AGAIN
- HOW WILL THEY IMPACT ON HERITAGE SERVICES?
The council is to enter into another round of substantial cuts for the 2015/6 budget. There will have to be a saving of a 13.5m. It seems few departments will escape some sort of cutback. An online survey has been established to gauge public opinion as to where priorities should lie.
  The council say they may have to consider cutting back some services to a statutory minimum and stopping others altogether. The survey divides the services under review into those which are entirely discretionary and those which are discretionary but with a level of statutory duties. Museums and Archaeology fall into the former category and the Record Office into the latter. For services which are entirely discretionary, the survey has the option of selecting 'funding stopped'.
  Museums have never been supported by government legislation and have generally been developed locally to serve civic pride. Such pride naturally comes under pressure in the face of severe cutbacks, although it tends to be stronger among the general public than within the average council cabinet. Museums play a significant part in the Island's range of 'grey day' tourist attractions. There are a number of excellent privately run Island museums but the council has issues with allowing them to display items from the county collection.
  It is a mystery why archaeology has been classified as non-statutory. What remains of our archaeology unit seems to almost exclusively deal with matters arising out of the planning process, both in maintaining the Historic Environment Record and advising on the archaeological implications within planning applications. These functions are required as part of an application's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The EIA is a statutory obligation on planning departments under the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2011. It's difficult to see how the council could fulfil its EIA duties without an archaeological input.
 Examining the Record Office for potential cuts has a certain irony. There is currently a capital contingency of 3.5m for a new record office/heritage centre. Unsurprisingly, the formalisation of this expenditure has been regularly put back. It is now thought it will be reviewed in December. It will be difficult for councillors to approve this in the current climate. The cuts couldn't have come at a worse time for the Record Office.
 Whatever remains of overall department structures, labour reductions will be seen as an option. Results of the survey will only act as a loose guide to council decisions but it is important that supporters of local heritage make their views known. The online survey is here.
Archive of previous news items


 
 RESEARCH RESOURCES 

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Isle of Wight Family History Society
One of the Island's most frequently visited sites. A comprehensive service for those wishing to trace their own history

Isle of Wight Heritage Organisations
A list of museums, heritage centres and societies. Local knowledge, collections and archives, serving tourists and residents
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The National Archives
The major national resource now offers comprehensive online facilities. Over 11 million documents are referenced and can be searched via keywords. Copies of documents can be ordered online

Current Publications
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A list of books and maps in print, complete with some reviews. A page from the Isle of Wight Nostalgia site, a useful source for recent history

Medieval Resource Assessment
An extensive record of archaeological reports, published history, research documents and existing structures. A summary of Medieval Wight

Britain From Above
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The first batch of photos from the huge Aerofilms archive have now been posted, including those of the Island. This site should provide a useful record of post WW1 developments.

The Isle of Wight
in Google Books
A growing number books and journals can be accessed. Here are links to a list of historic IW books which are available for full viewing.

Neolithic-Bronze Age Resource Assessment
A report detailing and interpreting features and finds on the Island. Compiled by the IW Archaeology Service
Isle of Wight County Record Office
A guide to the available facilities and procedures for using the Island's main historical research centre at Newport

Champion: Isle of Wight Enthusiast
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Alan Champion's private collection of books, maps and prints represents an important resource. The site also has numerous extracts and articles. An absorbing read.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum
A comprehensive local history library and a large collection of artefacts available for research. They also offer museum study days and teaching resources

Ann's Page
A comprehensive starting point for local Family History enquiries, covering a range of occupations, together with some more general features

Roman Wight
A detailed survey of archaeological resources and what they tell us about Roman activity on the Island

Isle of Wight
Local Studies Collection
The collection includes books, newspapers, journals, parish magazines and trade directories, mostly held at Somerton Library Headquarters.

IW Resource Assessment
Early Medieval Period
Summary of archaeological developments covering Anglo Saxon through to Norman Conquest: complete with references.

Late Bronze Age/Iron Age
Resource Assessment
Outline of IW archaeological evidence, covering a period that has seen considerable developments in recent years.

Military HEAP Type Report
From the Archaeology Service, covering personnel, equipment and the physical area occupied by armed forces during human occupation of the Island.
The Yarmouth Archives
A comprehensive list of historical documents and artefacts held by Yarmouth Town Trust.

Pathe News Archive

A treat for students of modern history. Download free film clips from the entire Pathe archive, dating from the 1920s. A search on 'wight' has over 170 hits. Read FAQ's before embarking on the download process

Historical Directories
Browse or search the text in a range of trade directories dating from the 18th century. Select Hampshire location for IW entries.

East Cowes Heritage Centre
In addition to regular exhibitions, this centre now has a considerable archive, particularly covering local industrial and municipal developments

Hampshire Record Office
Search Hampshire records. An important resource for Isle of Wight related documents

Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Resource Assessment
A summary of Island discoveries with details of archaeological reports and published works

Post Medieval & Modern Isle of Wight
A resource assessment charting the social and industrial developments that shaped the Island, creating the environment we see today.

The Isle of Wight in the English Landscape
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A PhD Thesis giving an in-depth analysis of medieval and post-medieval rural settlement and land use, placing the Island's historic landscape in a national context.


 
 GENERAL ISLAND HISTORY 

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Outline Island History
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Overview of the Islands past from 2000 BC to the present day. A useful starting point

IW in 19th cent American journals
Old journals are increasingly coming online. Here are some excerpts regarding the Island, plus a link to a journal site.

IW Historic Postcards
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An excellent record of much that is lost, including railways and piers, plus outline histories of West Wight towns and the story of Cowes Customs


IW History from 'Picturesque England'
A Victorian view of IW history, concentrating on Carisbrooke Castle and Charles I

Island Eye
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Click on 'Island History' and select the type of features you're interested in to see them located on a map, with access to further information.


The Island's past on YouTube

A growing number of You Tube movies are on subjects pertaining to the Island's past. A selection are listed here


Visitors Guide to IW Heritage Attractions

Places of interest from the official Visit Isle of Wight website. Listed sites can be tailored to your location.

Isle of Wight Timeline of History
List of over 400 events and incidentals contributing to the Island's history

BBC h2g2 Pages on the Isle of Wight
This page opens with details of IW shipwrecks. From here there are links to pages on various Island subjects including a comprehesive survey of Anglo-Saxon Wight plus reviews of piers, hovercraft and more. This site is worth a revisit as it continues to gain subjects

Historic Attractions for Visitors
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A list of local museums, exhibitions and galleries


A Pictorial View of IW In Days Gone By
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More photos, listed by town. These from early 20th cent, mostly familiar landmarks


Isle of Wight Photographs
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This commercial site offers hundreds of Island photographs from the 1870s to 1960s, covering over 30 locations


British History Online
An extensive history for each of the Island's towns and villages; covering manors, churches and other features. Complete with source references.
Island Archaeology
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Excellent introduction to archaeological periods and significant local features

Homes and Manors of the Urry Family
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Profiles of the many historic Island buildings connected with the Urrys, covering a considerable range of Island history

Famous Residents and Visitors
Profiles of a host people who have helped put the Island on the map

IW Towns and Parishes
A family history site which includes a history of each parish, concentrating on churches and their associated clergy and patrons.

Images of England from English Heritage
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An illustrated database of listed buildings. Select IW County to see local items. Note the Quick search limits selection. Register (free) for Advanced to gain full access

Local Listed Buildings on the Isle of Wight
About the Local List scheme with a link to the complete list of those buildings included so far.

Gallery of Isle of Wight Photographs
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A large collection of past postcards and photos, from the IW Family History Society


 
 SPECIFIC SUBJECTS 

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Island Postal History
A page from the Isle of Wight Postcard Club detailing postal History from 1759 to 1850

Wight Air Wrecks
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The results of a major research project identifying military air wrecks in and around the Island from 1913 onward

History of Ventnor and the Undercliff
An outline history of the area, including piers, harbours, railways and the Royal National Hospital

The History of IW Christianity
An extensive history of the development of Christianity on the Island

Brading History
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The story of one of the Island's most historic towns and its surviving features

Bembridge Lifeboat Station
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A timeline covering the lifeboats, crews and events

Hants & IW Trust for Maritime Archaeology
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Brief reports on coastal and maritime archaeological projects. Transcript of 10th annual lecture is particularly informative

Palmerston Forts
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Links to history and plans of Palmerston Forts. IW interest listed under Portsmouth, including Spitbank, Sandown, Bembridge, Freshwater and the Needles

The Royal Yacht Squadron
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The history of the club and its castle

Naval Ships of J S White
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A list of naval ships built by J S White from 1914. Includes full size photo and various details of each ship

Paddle Steamer 'Ryde'
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The story of the paddle steamer rusting away at Island Harbour, now to be dismantled

Bartie's Hovercraft History Site
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A history of hovercraft development complete with many pictures, including early examples

The Incorporated Church Building Society
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Building alterations to Anglican churches during the 19th/20th century, including many plans and sketches. Select IW under 'Historic County' for Island churches

Isle of Wight sections of Taylor's 1759 map
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Renewed site with better quality reproduction and faster loading. Scroll down page for IW sections

IW Memorials and Monuments
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Every type of commemoration is covered. You will be amazed how many there are

The Story of Sophie Dawes
How a poor St Helens girl made made her way from an Island workhouse to the Court of Louis XVIII. Subsequent events show a cruel determination

The Binstead
Sheela Na Gig
Sheela Na Gig
An insight into the early stone carving over the church gate. Not for the prudish.


The IW Metal Detecting Club
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News of their most recent finds with quality reproduction of past finds, from Bronze Age to Victorian


Fortifications and Batteries
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Pictorial survey of most of the Island's prominant fortifications


Isle of Wight and the Birth of Radio
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The story of Marconi and his time running tests at Alum Bay


Cowes Heritage
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New website for the society, with features and galleries covering Cowes and the surrounding area.


Historic Ryde Society
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Formed to raise funds for a permanent visitor centre. The website contains forthcoming events, articles and galleries.


Victorian Town Trading on the Isle of Wight
A highly detailed directory of late 19th century shops and industries operating in Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Newport, Cowes and Ryde.

History of IW Quarrying and Brickmaking
An outline history covering the location of sites and the some of the operators who contributed to the provision of the Island's building materials.
Island Domesday Book Records
Mostly brief entries linked to each town. Major entries at top of page: scroll down to see other Island towns

Island Sea Forts
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Location map of Island forts together with a brief history of coastal defences

Marfleet Postcards
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Numerous Island postcard pictures from the 1920's, mostly West Wight

Red Funnel History
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A comprehensive history of the company and cross solent travel from 1820, including details of the vessels

The Mary Rose
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The history and current preservation of the Solent's most famous ship, from the official site

Bartie's Isle of Wight Postcards
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Old cards listed per town. Contibutions invited. Good image reproduction

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway
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IW railway history plus timetables and events, The official steam railway site.

Isle of Wight Aviation
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An outline history of the Island's airfields, aircraft and manufacturers, dating from the First World War

Quarr Abbey Past and Present
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The official Quarr Abbey site, providing a history of both medieval and modern abbeys and their founders

Historic Island Art
at the Tate
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The Tate collection has numerous Island paintings and sketches, including many by Turner. Enter wight in the search box.

The Island Workhouse
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The story of Newport's 18th cent 'House of Industry'

Ryde Social Heritage Group
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Previously concentrating on Ryde cemetery, this site is now extended to cover the town's social history

Rock's Topographical Vignettes 1845-1870

Around 80 engravings of IW scenes which can be fully enlarged. Click on Plates and Images and IW. Then select town.

DinoWight
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More about dinosaurs. The history of Island palaeontology, with links to fossil details and local geology

Picture of the Isle of Wight
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Complete reproduction of George Brannon's 1849 publication. Pictures can be enlarged

Solent Ferries
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Postcard photos covering dozens of ferries, from the 1880s to the present day


Megalithic Monuments
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Details and some pictures of prehistoric monuments. Opens at page giving guidelines for care when visiting. Enter 'wight' in search box at top left for Island locations


Palaeolithic Priory Bay
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All too brief report on one of the nations richest palaeolithic sites, recovering over a thousand flint artefacts.


RAF Ventnor
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Covering all aspects of the RAF's presence, including a comprehensive explanation of the main radar station and its system


History and Townscape of Ryde
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Comprehensive PDF file from planning dept, tracing developments that account for today's historic features.


Vision of IW Through Time
Search for wight and select various options including statistics showing two centuries of change in various social categories.

Classic Boat Museum
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Website of the Newport museum, including details of their collection and archive facilities.


Vectis Cement Works
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A page on the Medina Cement Works from a website covering nationwide cement operations


Village Pumps
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A review and photographic record of many of the Island's village pumps.

Dinosaur Island
The history of dinosaur discoveries in general and on the Island in particular. What they were and where they can be found locally

Professor 'Earthquake' Milne
Milne
The Shide scientist who fathered seismology. Honoured by the Japanese, but for many years, all but unknown here.
(UPDATED)


Past Ordnance Survey Maps
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This site now includes maps covering 19th and 20th cent. Search for a particular town or click on 'GAZ' to use the gazetteer

Brading Roman Villa
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Future plans and appeals for preserving the Island's premier villa plus archaeological background and the history of its discovery

Julia Margaret Cameron Trust
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The famous Victorian photographic artist and Dimbola Lodge Museum devoted to her work

Dinosaur Isle
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Dinosaurs, fossils and much more. A comprehensive site centred around the dinosaur museum at Sandown.

A Timeline History of Yarmouth
A detailed timeline from the 1st century to the 1980s. Includes features on the borough mace & seal and the tide mill.

Dinosaur Farm Museum
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Includes an introduction to each of the Island dinosaurs, plus how the discoveries were made in the lands around the museum

Shorwell's Medieval Wall Painting
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An analysis of the renowned Medieval wall painting in St Peter's Church

Channel Coast Lighthouses
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Scroll down page for Island lighthouses. Click on links for full detail and history

The Wanton Worsleys
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Full transcript of the sensational 1782 adultery trial that exposed her Ladyship's promiscuity and Sir Richard's shame

Smugglers' Britain
Full text of the book. The story of smuggling stripped of its mythology. See Gazetteer and Southern England for a section on IW

History of the Island Harbour Site
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Includes a brief history of the great East Medina Mill, when the site was a hive of activity

George Brannon's Vectis Scenery
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Complete text and engravings of Brannon's famous 1848 publication. High resolution versions of the pictures on separate page

The Needles Battery
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The full story of the old and new batteries, plus the rocket site. Includes photo gallery

Back of the Wight Ships' Graveyard
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Journals and pictures covering the wrecks, lifeboats and the men who served in them

Disused IW Railway Stations
Map location and plenty of detail about each of the many stations that once served the Island's railways

Wootton Bridge Historical
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A very comprehensive site, covering every historical aspect of Wootton and the surrounding district.

Cowes Floating Bridge
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The story of the floating bridge with numerous photos showing its development

Ventnor Funicular Railway
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The ambitious Edwardian plans for cable cars to up to St Boniface Down

Forgotten Isle
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Detailed pictures and information on underground wartime installations.

A Gentleman's Tour
1776
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Retracing a journey recorded in a gentleman's journal, including IW locations.

Benjamin Franklin's
visit to IW
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The great man gives his own account of his criminal activities at Yarmouth.



 
 PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED 

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What are the Moons Hill Structures ?
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Solving the mystery of the two domed oddities between Freshwater and Alum Bay

The Earliest Example of Concrete Housing?
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Recent research has revealed a unique 19th cent building in East Cowes - a milestone in construction methods

The Alum in Alum Bay
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Investigation into the obscure 17th cent alum working from which Alum Bay takes its name

Medieval Newtown
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A background to the archaeological importance of Newtown plus an insight into its medieval layout

Isle of Wight Fulling Mills
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The history and location of Island fulling mills plus a review of the fulling process and its place in the wool industry

Isle of Wight Rocket Man
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John Dennett of Carisbrooke was at the forefront of rocket development from the 1820s. Designed, tested and manufactured on the Island

Carolina, Cowes and the Rice Trade
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the 18th century Carolina rice trade, including its importance to the Cowes economy

The Cowes Giant Cantilever Crane
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The story of the 'hammerhead' crane and its historical importance to the shipbuilding industry, both nationally and locally.

The Lost Windmill of West Cowes
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The story of the windmill, including an insight into early 19th century Island life

Minor Fortifications of the Isle of Wight
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An examination of some of the early minor defences protecting a vulnerable island, including an analysis of the methods employed

Discovering Isle of Wight Sundials

A survey of the Island's varied range of sundials and the history surrounding them.
Science Sex and Suicide
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Combined London and Island research reveals a 17th century saga involving the Scientist, the Grocer, the Governor and Grace

The Island's 18th cent Paper Mill
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A summary of what little has been discovered about the mill plus an insight into papermaking of the period

The History of Bembridge Isle
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The first complete work of Island history on the Net. Fresh research throws new light on the area's past.

From East Cowes
to St Petersburg

An Island contribution to a site on Russian shipbuilding history. The story of Joseph Noy, an Island shipbuilder who became a key naval architect to Peter the Great

Victorian Photos of the Isle of Wight
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Unlike the usual 'scenic' views, these delightful photos are from a family album which seems to give them a different historical perspective

A Database of Island Photographers
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This site is the result of considerable research, providing many photos and biographies of trading photographers over the period 1860-1940

IW Industrial Archaeology Society
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Past projects and schedule of talks. Links to national IA sites and organisations

IW Furniture Makers
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Extensive research shows the Island had many 18/19th century cabinet and chair makers, but what became of their products?

World War Two Recollections
BBC site with events and personal recollections of people stationed or living on the Island during WW2

Newport's Tide Mill
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The location of Newport's early 18th century tide mill, together with the history of its surroundings

Was the Island Home to the First Catamaran?
The intriguing story of a 17th century catamaran design, 200 years before the concept was rediscovered.

Isle of Wight Inventors and Inventions
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A series of pages covering a number of technological advances that have been developed on the Island.
'Gouda' Bricks at Whippingham Church
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Report on unusual bricks discovered under the foundations of the church wall

Isle of Wight Brickmaking History
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An extract from the wealth of data now available on past brickmakers. Includes site location map, brickmaking methods and local brickwork

The 'Time Team' Yaverland Excavations
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Channel 4's web coverage of the TV dig. Scroll down to episode 12. An important Island site, with evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon settlement.

Earliest Scenes of the Isle of Wight
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A look at four recently unearthed 17th century pen and wash drawings of Island scenes

Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Important finds of metal detectorists are recorded in this national site. Click on images at top right, select county of origin in left hand box and enter 'wight' at right to raise pictures of local finds. More selective searches are available.

Calbourne Roller Mill
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The story of one of the Island's most important pieces of industrial archaeology.
Updated: now includes a movie explaining the roller mill


The Minor Defences of Yarmouth
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There were probably a considerable number of minor redoubts supplementing our known forts. This research locates and explains a 'lunette' fortification at Yarmouth

The Ryde Inventor and his 'Arab' Bicycle
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Forgotten local inventor, John Harrington, who's bicycle was credited with stimulating cycling in America

Historic Environment Action Plan
Scroll down the page for links to an introduction and detailed assessmant of each area. The council are inviting comments on planning considerations arising out of the project

Isle of Wight County, Virginia
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The development of the other Isle of Wight and its part in early American settlement.

The Story of Isle of Wight Quakers
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A comprehensive history of local Quakerism, dating from 1657.


 
 MONTHLY NEWS ARCHIVES 

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December-March 2000
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-Unusual kiln discovered
-Iron Age Vineyards at Mersley ?
-Ice House Uncovered
-Archaeological Coastal Audit


July-September 2000
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-Tide Mill location discovered
-Science, Sex and Suicide
-Limekiln uncovered


January-March 2001
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-Sherd of Roman flagon found
-New historical organisation
-Mysterious skeleton found

July-September 2001
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- WW1 Pacifist Graffiti
-Brading Amphora Identified
-Fort Victoria Searchlight

January-March 2002
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- St Urian's Chapel
- Brighstone Forest Survey
- Paper Mill Discovery

July-September 2002
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-Cowes Hammerhead Crane
-Brading Villa Excavations
-Rowlandson Exhibition

January-March 2003
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-Limekiln industry at Brading
-Internet research traces shipbuilder
-Chillerton Iron Age rampart

July-September 2003
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-Forthcoming Iron Age archaeology
-Underground chamber at Shanklin
-Ryde inventor of the tin opener

January-March 2004
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-Robert Hooke portrait controversy
-Heritage plan for Osborne Stables
-Carisbrooke Roman Villa

July-September 2004
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-Unofficial site of Roman Occupation
-John Speed's dotted line
-Cowes hammerhead crane

January-March 2005
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-The Halsgrove history series
-Mottistone limekiln
-East Cowes archaeology

July-September 2005
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-Archaeology at Pan
-Saxon graves at Shalfleet
-Neolothic farm project

January-March 2006
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-17th century low income housing
-Local History Month
-Parkhurst Forest water features

July-September 2006
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-Neolithic farm project
-Hydraulic rams
-Historic Environment Action Plan

January-March 2007
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-Hammerhead crane trust
-Cowes 17th cent glassworks
-Mottistone limekiln renovation

July-September 2007
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-Inexplicable military structures
-The local list project
-Carisbrooke leper hospital

January-March 2008
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-Charles I and the maid
-Isle of Wight Heritage Centre
-Medina valley geophysical survey

July-September 2008
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-Newport's paraffin pump
-Sandown spy documents: part 2
-Carbon dating of coastal features

January-March 2009
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-Yaverland Battery
-Yafford Mill
-Excavation on the Motkin Boundary

July-September 2009
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-The Aerofilms Archive
-Medieval well at Newport
-The Thing in the Pond

January-March 2010
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-Newtown brickworks
-WW2 resistance hideouts
-Solent World Heritage Site

July-September 2010
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-An Iron Age summer?
-Mersley limekiln
-Brading Villa excavations

January-March 2011
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-Newport's medieval boundary
-Heritage Review postponed
-Town Museum for Ryde

July-September 2011
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-Decisions on Whippingham School
-Saxons at Wellow
-Unexplained building at Newtown

January-March 2012
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-Guide to maritime archaeology
-Georgian sketchbook
-Archaeological ambivalence

July-September 2012
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-The Heritage Service Review
-Motkin Boundary gets a date
-13th century Medina timbers


January-March 2013
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-The Wootton-Quarr project
-Heritage Service cuts
-The future of Yaverland Battery


July-September 2013
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-Council reconsider guildhall project
-Progress on crane repairs
-Brading Villa prehistory


January-March 2014
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-Arreton's Gore Cross archaeology
-Conference on Island Heritage
-Council assets at risk


July-September 2014
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-The white sand trade
-The Asda site and Neanderthals
-The Local List reorganised

April-June 2000
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-Old Island map recovered
-Bronze Age hurdle at Ryde
-Neolithic stone axe found


October-December 2000
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-Bronze Age burial mound found
-New discoveries of ''Vectis Ware'
-Island alum history challenged


April-June 2001
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-Our New County Archaeologist
-Earliest record of shipbuilding
-Prehistoric hearths


October-December 2001
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-History of Island Photographers
-Archaeological discoveries at Lake
-Iron Age bead


April-June 2002
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-Isle of Wight Doughnuts
-Recent Intertidal Archaeology
-Earliest Island paintings


October-December 2002
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-Yaverland Discoveries Revisited
-Needles mythology questioned
-Island son Robert Hooke


April-June 2003
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-Industrial heritage demolished
-WW2 German landing on IW
-The face of Robert Hooke?


October-December 2003
minipic
-Roman jewellery trade
-Calbourne roller mill
-Wrecks on our northern shores


April-June 2004
minipic
-Niton Tithe Maps
-Mass military finds
-The Cowes Consuls


October-December 2004
minipic
-Wootton roller mill
-Deteriorating historic buildings
-A Frenchman's view


April-June 2005
minipic
-Early gas generator
-Farm feature uncovered
-Medina Cement site cleared


October-December 2005
minipic
-Council cuts in historical facilities
-Alverstone causeways
-Locating the little forts


April-June 2006
-Early parish register discovered
-County Archaeology Service budget
-Cellar complex discovered


October-December 2006
minipic
-Reorganisation of Heritage Services
-Military map revealed
-Medina Valley archaeological survey


April-June 2007
minipic
-IW Timeline film
-Subterranean structures
-Engine at Priory Bay


October-December 2007
minipic
-Post alignment on Seaview sands
-18th century raid on Sandown Fort
-The Historic Environment Record


April-June 2008
minipic
-The Island's only heliochronometer?
-Missing file on the Sandown spy
-The vanishing cement kiln


October-December 2008
minipic
-Brading Villa's Big Dig
-Salvaged J.S. White material
-Newport Power Station


April-June 2009
minipic
-High-tech community archaeology
-East Cowes motor manufacturing
-Whippingham conservation


October-December 2009
minipic
-Brading's medieval quay
-The Cowes chain ferry
-Iron Age roundhouse


April-June 2010
minipic
-Hammerhead crane at risk
-Hillis brick kiln listed
-Derivation of 'Wight'


October-December 2010
minipic
-Council review of heritage services
-Unexplained Medina feature
-The Medina castles


April-June 2011
minipic
-Major Newport archaeology
-Powerless to save power houses
-The skeleton key


October-December 2011
minipic
-A lesson in industrial conservation
-The hulk of the 'Bee'
-The truth about the crane


April-June 2012
minipic
-Unique barn at Brading
-Iron Age site at Northwood
-Portable Antiquities Scheme


October-December 2012
minipic
-Movie of our industrial past
-Reassessment of a Stone Age tool
-Pan finally delivers archaeology


April-June 2013
minipic
-Saxon helmet revealed
-World War II Y-station at Ventnor
-Kids field walking project


October-December 2013
minipic
-The county archive crisis
-The Heritage Strategic Framework
-Why Little London was so named


April-June 2014
minipic
-Walled kitchen gardens
-Reflecting on Rowlandson
-The County Press Archive


October 2014
minipic
-Hammerhead crane progress



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The Isle of Wight History Centre was established in 1999. This page is updated on the 1st of the month