TO BE UPDATED SOONIn 1970 Jimi Hendrix, amongst others, played to 500,000 people, the climax of a 5 day music extravaganza attracting an audience and artists from all over the world.The Isle of Wight Festivals of the late 60's and 1970 were Europe's equivalent to Woodstock... impressive for a small island off the south coast of England!There was...more
Hendrix strove to combine what he called "earth", a blues, jazz, or funk driven rhythm accompaniment, with "space", the high-pitched psychedelic sounds created by his guitar improvisations. As a record producer, Hendrix also broke new ground in using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas; he was one of the first to experiment...more
Hendrix is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock music history. After initial success in England, he achieved worldwide fame following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival before his death in 1970, at the age of 27.A self-taught...more
The dispute between Freshwater and Brooke erupted after the Commonwealth and continued for many years after. John Hooke himself was a part of the dispute, as well as being present in Freshwater when Warburton petitioned against the Ship Money. On top of all this, Hooke and his wife were bringing up a young family when the Civil War broke out in...more
Once Goodman was under scrutiny from the Commonwealth government, and therefore vulnerable, Bowerman set about providing Brooke church with the status of a parish. He railed in a piece of his ground as a churchyard; provided a register book; encouraged the inhabitants of Brook to bury their dead in Brook burial ground; allowed them to hold...more
Cardell Goodman took over as rector of Freshwater in 1641 on the death of the Warburton. In a Lay Subsidy of 1642, Goodman was assessed for one property in Freshwater parish, presumably the parsonage, situated in Stroud Road. In Oct. 1649, he was sequestered for refusing to take the Engagement and was considered "as dangerous to the Commonwealth"....more
This is the view that meets you when driving from Brooke Bay along the Milatary Road. Picture is from an old postcard.With breathtaking sea views across Freshwater Bay, the Albion Hotel enjoys a unique position that is genuinely within a stone's throw of the sea, at the heart of the Isle of Wight's southern Heritage Coast and in an official Area of...more
Dimbola Lodge was the Isle of Wight home of the Victorian pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
It is now the home of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, and a photographic museum.
History of the property
Julia Margaret Cameron bought two adjacent cottages in Freshwater Bay from a local fisherman called Jacob Long in 1860. In order to make the house look more beautiful to her friends returning from the beach, they were linked by a central tower in the Gothic style current at the time. The structure dominates the skyline from Freshwater Bay and gives a focus to the surrounding area.
Dimbola Lodge served both as her home and her studio. It was here that the greatest of Julia Margaret Cameron's photographs were made.
After the Camerons returned to Ceylon the property was again divided into two parts. These were later renamed Dimbola, which became a private residence and holiday flats, and Cameron House which eventually became unoccupied and under the threat of demolition by developers. The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust acquired both properties in 1993 and it is now open to the public.
In 2006, a statue tribute to Jimi Hendrix was erected here, looking out towards Afton Down from the site of Dimbola Lodge.
Driving by the IOW Pop Festival in 1971 which was the biggest
ever pop festival of around half a million people. I saw Hells Angels
on their Harleys, heard Tiny Tim singing on stage and saw queues
up the hill side to the toilets over a 100 people or more. I was only
11 years old and went with some of the lads from the butchers shop
in the shop van where I had a weekend bicycle delivery round.
I remember a couple of months later hearing the news at school
that Jimi Hendrix had died and the IOW Pop Festival was his last
big public appearance. One of my class-mates parents owned Afton
Farm which rented the land to the festival and heard how some of
the stars staying at the farmhouse eating breakfast like Bob Dylan,
Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Procul Harem. I was in awe.....imagine sharing your
dining room table with such guests!