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    Origin of pub signs

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    Fighting Cocks:

    Years ago lots of houses were bases for the fashionable, though cruel sport of cockfighting: & the name Fighting Cocks was routine. Totally rebuilt today, this inn lies amid Sandown & Newport. This is the lushest valley of the Isle of Wight - the spirit of the market gardening trade - & the inn is quieter than its name.

    The White Horse

    The Wight Horse was a fecundity sect of the Belgae - a tribe who engaged much of S.E. England between 50 BC & 50 AD. It is one of the first names given to public houses & this is one of the oldest pubs on the island. A charming village inn - a thatched roof, a beautiful garden - it has lots of old-world charm.

    Royal Standard

    Often established in the days when regiments going to war carried standards to bring people round together, this exacting name dates back to the Crusades.

    Horse & Groom

    A very fashionable local pub in the heart of a farming village, on the Yarmouth to Newport road. This name used to be seen on post & often coaching houses.

    Old drawing of a IOW pub
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    Rock - what is it?

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    When I think about a 'stick of rock' I think about a very old-fashioned english sea-side scene: grey skies, donkey rides, naughty postcards, bucket and spade ... rainy days on the English beach.

    Rock is, traditionally, a stick of hard 'candy' coloured brightly on the outside, with a white centre. It often has writing through ihe centre of the stick: a message with a souvenir function, such as "welcome to The Isle of Wight" . Nowadays, it comes in all shapes and sizes: even horrid shapes, like rock dentures! Rock is made from sugar and glucose, isoften coloured a particularly livid pink, and is pulled into shape when nearly cool. Flavour is added - frequently mint. I am not sure how the letters 'get into it'!

    I haven't seen rock in other countries (probably, other countries are too sensible!), though I have seen an American 'barber's pole' stick which I think forms part of a Christmas candy tradition, which is somewhat similar.

    Rock's best hour? Graham Greene's 'Brighton Rock' .

    This shop in Shaklin High St sells rock in many colours and flavours, including many unconventional shapes. it also sells shortbread in the shape of the Isle of Wight and a variety of other sweet and sticky things! Takes you back to childhood!

    Rock shop, Shanklin
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    Isle of Wight History timeline

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    1650e---Charles I's daughter, Elizabeth, dies at Carisbrooke Castle aged 14

    1650x__Flintlock gun developed

    1655e---Sir John Oglander dies

    1661e__Monarchy restored: Charles II

    1664e---Castle Inn Newport built

    1665e---Charles II visits to confer knighthood on Edward Worsley

    1666e__Great Fire of London

    1673e---Earliest record of an Island postmaster

    1675e---Charles II forced ashore at Puckaster Cove in rough seas

    1680e---Newport's first municipal library opened

    1695c__Press freedom established

    1696e---Island 'flint' glassworks recorded - whereabouts unknown

    1697e---Calbourne Mill purchased by John Dillington of Knighton

    1699e---Present Newtown town hall built

    1700c---Cowes shipbuilding yards established

    1700c---Bembridge windmill in operation

    1703e---Violent storms demolish trees and houses

    1710e---Appuldurcombe House built by Robert Worsley

    1711c---Paper mill operating at Clatterford ford

    1712e__Last execution for witchcraft

    1720e---Earliest known IW postmark

    1735e---Ashey Down seamark built

    1750e---Swainston Manor largely rebuilt

    1750x---Yafford mill built

    1751e---Gatcombe Manor House built by Edward Worsley

    1752e__Gregorian calendar introduced: year now starts on Jan 1st

    1754c__First iron rolling mill

    1755e---'Roads' still field tracks ( 52 gates between Newport and Yarmouth)

    1756e---Niton recorded eleven houses including the poor house

    1757c---New quay built at Cowes

    1759c---Oyster fishery flourishing in Bembridge harbour

    1760c---Josiah Wedgwood experimenting with materials from Alum Bay

    1761e---Charitable school for poor girls (Blue Jenny) opens at Newport

    1765e---Existing frontage of Nunwell House built

    1768e---Capability Brown starts landscaping Appuldurcombe House
    1770c---IW farmers berated for their "ignorance idleness and insularity"
    1770e---Appuldurcombe House adapted to existing palladian style
    1770e---Pritchett brickworks established to build Parkhurst Barracks

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    Isle of Wight History timeline

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    1352c---The Black Death diminishes population and leaves deserted villages

    1362e__English becomes the country's official language

    1375e---Crown threatens to take land from gentry fleeing French invasion

    1377e---French plunder northern towns and lay siege to Carisbrooke Castle

    1377e---Population 4,733

    1378e---Roud recorded as having seventy two taxpayers

    1379e__Poll Tax raised to fund wars with France

    1379e---Newport still uninhabited following destruction by French

    1381e__Peasants' Revolt under Wat Tyler

    1381e---French incursion reaches Newport

    1395e---Ninety clothmakers recorded: IW a major 'Kersey' centre

    1402e---French land 1700 men and rout some villages

    1404e---French raiding party claims locals fled to the hills
    1413c---First mention of 'Cows' (sandbanks), origin of Cowes

    1415e__Henry V defeats French at Battle of Agincourt

    1418c---St Helens Priory (alien) lands given to Eton college

    1418e---More French raids repulsed

    1450c---Mottistone Manor rebuilding started by Robert Cheke

    1454e---First White Horse Inn Whitwell built

    1477c__Caxton's first English press prints Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'

    1480x---Larger farms and field enclosures begin to deplete population

    1488e---Battle of St Aubin takes the lives of 400-700 Islanders

    1489e---Act to limit land holdings and thereby increase population

    1489e---IW ". . desolate and not inhabited, but occupied with sheep and cattle . ."

    1498e---Quarr Abbey lease Appuldurcombe to Sir John Lygh

    1499e---Henry VII tours the Island staying at Nunwell and Brook House

    1500e---Only island towns are Yarmouth, Newport and Newtown
    1500x---Many vacant cottages and manor houses fall into decay
    1500x---Decline of Newtown as harbour (silting/increasing ship size)
    1528e__Severe outbreaks of the plague

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    Isle of Wight History timeline

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    1867e---Golden Hill Fort built

    1868e---Broadlands lace factory closes

    1869e---Parkhurst becomes general prison for male offenders

    1872e---Ventnor pier built

    1875c---American grain imports lower prices and bankrupt many farms

    1875c---Typically, parish doctor walks from Newport to treat Porchfield patients

    1876e---Yarmouth pier built

    1877e__Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his telephone invention

    1878e---Sandown pier built

    1879e---Railway between Sandown and Newport crosses the Medina

    1880c__Electric light bulb invented

    1880c---Smallpox vaccination stations now established throughout IW

    1880e---Ryde canoe lake built

    1880e---Railway takes trains to Ryde Pier Head

    1881e---Seaview pier built

    1882e---Railway linking Bembridge and Brading over completed embankment

    1884e---IW County Press published - first Island wide newspaper

    1884e---'White' family shipbuilding unifies into one company under J Samuel White

    1885c__Coated photographic paper becomes available

    1885e---Fort Victoria modified for early torpedo experiments

    1885e---Knighton watermill converted to waterworks by Ryde Water Co.

    1885e---Island reduced to one MP as Newport ceases to be a borough

    1886e---Solent tunnel proposal with local authorities

    1889e---Newport to Freshwater railway opens

    1889e---Tennyson writes 'Crossing the Bar' between Lymington and Yarmouth

    1889e---All fifty toll gates removed from Island roads

    1889e---Dolphins captured in Alum Bay

    1890e---Isle of Wight County Council established

    1891e---Shanklin pier built

    1892e---First Shanklin cliff-face lift built

    1895e__The first British car manufacturer established

    1895e---John Milne, 'Father of Seismology', with home and observatory at Shide

    1897e---Marconi establishes wireless telegraph station at Alum Bay

    1897e---Island telephone system infrastructure established
    1897e---Railway to St Lawrence opened
    1898c---New World meat and bacon imports worsen farm profitability
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    Isle of Wight History timeline

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    1771e__Arkwright produces first spinning mill

    1771e---Population 18,700

    1774e---Incorporation for the Poor established in the 'House of Industry'

    1777e---Customs' William Arnold starts 23 year campaign against smuggling

    1778c---Serious smallpox develops: beginning years of outbreaks

    1780e---Upper and lower Ryde hamlets joined by Union St

    1781e__The first commercial rotative steam engine to drive machinery

    1781e---Richard Worsley publishes his 'History of the Isle of Wight'

    1781e---John Wesley opens one of first IW Methodist chapels at Newport

    1785x---Alum Bay white sand a major source for English and Irish glass Industries

    1786e---Newport paving act passed: raised pavements

    1786e---First Needles lighthouse built, on upper cliffs

    1789c__French Revolution puts the wind up the English ruling classes

    1790c---Island breed of pig developed

    1790c---Wool exports require 40,000 sheep shorn per year

    1790c---Sandown: "a village by the sandy shore"

    1792c__Gas illumination introduced

    1792e---IW "granary of the western counties" and main supplier to the navy

    1793e---First ordnance survey (unpublished)

    1793e---Yarmouth tide mill built

    1794e---Farming: "the Island's fertility is almost proverbial"

    1795c---Hundreds of farm labour imported for harvesting

    1795e---IW cheese "can scarcely be cut by hatchet or saw"

    1795e---Potatoes planted only by "little farmers and labourers"

    1797c---Customs now have many fast cutters to combat smuggling

    1797e__First copper pennies and pound notes issued

    1798c---John Nash starts to build East Cowes Castle

    1798e---New Parkhurst barracks open and introduce major military presence

    1799e---Norris Castle built by James Wyatt
    1800c---Humphrey Repton designs St Johns garden at Ryde
    1800c---Rising corn prices cause rebellious stirrings amongst the poor
    1801c---Seaview harbour becomes major sea saltworks centre
    1801e---Population 23,687
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    Isle of Wight History timeline

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    1584e---"The majority of pirates in this country are between IW and Poole"

    1585c---Newport Harbour beginning major development

    1586c---Two shipwrecked catholic priests executed for their faith

    1588e__Drake battles with the Spanish Armada

    1588e---A suggestion of Island shipbuilding

    1590x__Glass windows appearing in domestic houses

    1602e---Major refortification of Carisbrooke Castle in face of Spanish threat

    1603c---Crown sales of Manors increases 'gentry' population

    1607c---Quarr Abbey now in ruins

    1607e---"The commodities of this place are but corne and wooll"

    1607e---James I hunting in Parkhurst Forest

    1609e---Sir Thomas Fleming acquires most of the ex Quarr Abbey estates

    1611e---John Speed's map of IW published: Newport has 476 buildings

    1613e---Newport regulates chimney height to limit fires

    1620c---Post travelling by 'foot' between IW and London

    1620c---Earliest record of Cowes shipbuilding

    1620e__Pilgrim Fathers leave Plymouth for America

    1620e---10 year old Brading Haven dam is irretrievably breached

    1624c---Island traders supply developing Virginia

    1627e---Charles I inspects military training exercises on Arreton Down

    1632e---Crown re-purchase Watchingwell Park to preserve timber

    1633e---Ships leave Cowes to colonise Maryland America

    1635e__The Post Office founded

    1641e---Newport population 3,000

    1642e__Civil War begins

    1642e---Island falls to Parliamentarians with only one shot fired

    1643e---Origins of Mew Langtons brewery

    1643e---Sir John Oglander arrested as a Royalist

    1647e---Charles I flees to Carisbrooke and is ultimately imprisoned

    1648e---Failed attempt to free Charles I
    1649e__Free enterprise receives state support
    1649e__Charles I executed
    1650e---Watchingwell Park still contains "nine score deer"
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    1528e---Accusations of witchcraft against two Newport residents

    1531e__Reformation: Henry VIII recognised as Head of Church of England

    1535c---Henry VIII instructs major fortification of Island coastline

    1536e---Quarr Abbey dissolved

    1537c---Defensive blockhouse forts built on Medina (one now RY squadron)

    1538e---Henry VIII entertained by Richard Worsley at Appuldurcombe

    1544e---John Cheke of Mottistone appointed tutor to Prince Edward

    1545e---Mary Rose founders

    1545e---French landings at Sandown, St Helens and Bonchurch

    1545e---Yarmouth Castle built

    1546c---IW Captain Worsley orders every parish to have a gun

    1548e---IW boasts "no hooded priests; no lawyers; no wolves and no foxes"

    1550x__Linen industry becoming established

    1550x---Brewing and leather production main town industries

    1558e__Queen Elizabeth I

    1559e---Typical vacant dwellings: 25% at Arreton and 19% at St Helens

    1559e---Recorded complaints about the enclosure of common fields

    1559e---Survey highlights decay of many island churches

    1559e---Yarmouth only having "dosen hosis" and "in grete decay"

    1559e---Population recorded as 8,767 of which 1,880 were 'able men'

    1560c---Field system established which prevails on present day farms

    1561e---Patent raised to extract Alum

    1565e---Proclamation reprimands local support and succour to piracy

    1567e---Mottistone Manor west wing completed by Thomas Cheke

    1570c---Worsley and Urry in dispute over maintenance of Gatcombe's mill stream

    1575e---Customs House established at East Cowes

    1575x---Piracy rampant: centred around Mead Hole (Osborne Bay)
    1577e---End of an 18 year dispute over sheep grazing rights on St Catherine's Hill
    1580c---Nettlestone Manor built (earliest known IW brick building)
    1584c---Extra graveyard created for Newport plague victims (Church Litten green)
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    1220c---Rabbits introduced

    1238e---Charter granted to Newtown by Bishop of Winchester

    1250c---Quarr Abbey establish salt water fish ponds on the Medina

    1256e---Charter for new settlement at Swainston

    1262e---Isobella de Fortibus is Lady of IW

    1269e---Typically, 166 cheeses and 16 stone of butter from a manor's summer dairy

    1272e---Barton oratory built by rectors of Godshill and Shalfleet

    1272e---Earliest record of 'East Shamlord', now East Cowes district

    1280e---Isobella de Fortibus claims all wrecks of the sea

    1282c---Isobella de Fortibus and Quarr Abbey in armed dispute over tithes

    1285e---Edward I staying at Swainstone, with a view to acquisition

    1293e---Isobella de Fortibus dies and Crown acquires IW

    1294c---Defences and infrastructure improved at Crown's behest

    1296e---Carisbrooke Castle reverts from IW Lords 'seat' to military centre

    1296e---100 crossbow men imported to help defend anticipated French invasion

    1299e---Calbourne Mill first mentioned

    1300c---'La Ride' (Ryde) fishing village recorded

    1300x---Quarries at Binstead past best quality stone

    1302c---Farm produce being shipped to Scotland to support war with Scots

    1305e__Yard and acre standardised

    1312c---St Catherine's Hill lighthouse built as part of oratory

    1324e---System of 18 warning beacons established across the Island

    1334e---Mottistone recorded as having sixty taxpayers

    1335e---State of Emergency declared in face of imminent French invasion

    1338e__Hundred Year's War under way: French burn Portsmouth

    1338e---Some landowners leave Island in fear of French invasion

    1339e---Build up of arms and men in readiness for French

    1340e---French raid gains ground at St Helens before being repulsed

    1346e---Edward III sets sail from St Helens to invade Normandy

    1349e__Black Death widespread
    1350x__Artillery cannon coming into general use
    1350x---Hall House of Chale Abbey farm built by John de Langford
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    0885e---First recorded settlement at Arreton - Eaderingtune

    0889c__Vikings and Irish Danes raiding south west coast

    0897e---King Alfred's forces battle with Viking ships off Brading Haven

    0900c__England divided into shires, with county courts to safeguard civil rights

    1001c---Danish raids on West Wight - leader 'Swein' for Swainston

    1001e---Danes raid Newtown shore settlement

    1013e---King Elthered 'The Unready' spends Christmas on the Island

    1052e---Flanders fleet raids and plunders Island coast.

    1066e__The Norman Conquest

    1066e---William Fitz Osbern first Lord of the Island

    1068c---Six churches granted to the Abbey of Lyre

    1070c---St Boniface Old Church Bonchurch built by Normandy monks

    1071e---William Fitz Osbern killed at battle of Cassel

    1082e---William the Conqueror visits Carisbrooke Castle

    1086e---Domesday Book records 24 watermills, 10 churches and 126 properties

    1087c---Church of St Edmund, Wootton built

    1090c---Abbey of Cluny established at St Helens

    1091c---Quarr Limestone used in the building of Chichester Cathedral

    1096e__Start of the First Crusade

    1100c---Appuldurcombe Priory established by Abbey of Monteburg

    1100e---Henry I gives Island to Richard de Redvers

    1110x---Present walls of Carisbrooke Castle built

    1115c__First recorded windmill

    1115c---Priory of St Cross established on the banks of Lukely brook

    1118e---Newport founded by Richard de Redvers

    1120c---Nunwell acquired by the Oglander family

    1132e---Quarr Abbey established (Cistercian)

    1150c---Carisbrooke Castle well sunk

    1156c---Carisbrooke Priory established by Abbey of Lyre

    1166c---Yarmouth first Island town built on medieval grid system

    1198c---Island's first fulling mill in existance at Heasley, Arreton

    1203e---Rookley estate first recorded
    1212c__Tiles replace thatched and wooden roofs of London houses
    1214e---King John at Yarmouth organising the invasion of France
    1215e__King John seals Magna Carta at Runnymede

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    Isle of Wight History timeline

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    A list of events and incidentals contributing to the Island's history
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    A few national historical events are included to help put things in context, although it's worth bearing in mind that many developments may have taken years to reach our somewhat remote outpost

    1800c---Island items are displayed like this

    1800c__National items are displayed like this The year has a suffix : e= exact date
    c= + or - a few years
    x= + or - up to 25 years

    This list is but a small proportion of the complete fund of Island knowledge.The main criteria being that they are of general interest.

    The Isle of Wight Timeline of History . . .

    0020x---Some Iron Age settlements acquiring Roman goods

    0043e__Roman Conquest of Britain

    0050c---Roman presence at Brading

    0070x---Roman activity in Arreton Valley

    0170x---Brading and Newport Roman villa sites in existence

    0300x---Stone quarrying at Binstead sites

    0400x---Half the Island's natural woodland now stripped (Roman furnaces etc)

    0450x__Roman occupation over

    0495e__Saxon Cerdic invades and establishes kingdom of Wessex

    0530e---Saxons defeat natives in Bowcombe valley and conquer Island

    0534e---Cerdic gives Island to relatives 'Stuf' and 'Whitgar'

    0550x---Pagan Jutes arrive

    0625x---Christian West Saxons annex Island

    0664e__Synod of Whitby: England adopts the Roman Catholic faith

    0686e---IW last part of England to be converted to Christianity

    0700x__Water wheels driving mills in general use

    0826e---King Egbert of Wessex gives West Wight to Winchester Church

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    PLUTO helps in WWII on the Island.

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    1942 ___ My Great Uncle, Jack Hutchings who helped build PLUTO and spent
    his retirement in Osbourne House. There is a memorial plaque to
    PLUTO in Ventnor with his name on.PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) One of World War II’s most secret weapons was not munitions, but an innovative undersea pipeline system that delivered a million gallons of fuel a day. The allied superiority in oil supplies provided by operation PLUTO was a decisive factor in the battles in Europe PLUTO was one of the most remarkable events of the war - the installation of an underwater pipeline to supply our Forces on the Continent with petrol.

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    1898e---First electric power cables laid (Ventnor?)

    1898e---J Samuel White established as a Private Limited Company

    1899e__Boer War starts

    1900e---John Milne builds earthquake laboratory at Shide

    1900e---Just twenty cars on Island roads

    1901e__Queen Victoria dies

    1901e---Edward VII gives Osborne House to the Nation

    1901e---Cowes week: "a fixture in the calendar of society"

    1903e---Osborne House Naval College opens

    1904e---The Seely Library opens in Newport

    1909c__Commercial manufacture of Bakelite launches the age of plastic

    1911e__Lloyd George introduces National Health Insurance Bill

    1912e---Quarr Abbey built by architect Paul Bellot

    1912e---Princess Beatrice moves from Osborne House to Carisbrooke Castle

    1912e---Saunders Roe launch worlds first amphibious aircraft

    1912e---Camp Hill prison opens as an experiment to treat habitual prisoners

    1913c---High unemployment prompts many Islanders to leave for the colonies

    1914e__World War 1

    1917e---Isle of Wight Rifles lose over 700 men at the Battle of Gaza

    1919e__British Empire at its height

    1920e__Marconi opens first public broadcasting station

    1920e---First council houses built

    1921e---First regular bus service: Cowes-Newport

    1921e---Population 94,000

    1923e---Southern Railway take over Island rail companies

    1926e__The General Strike

    1928e---Enormous landslide at Blackgang

    1929c---Farming industry dominated by dairy products

    1931e---Camp Hill becomes a Borstal Institution

    1936e---Saunders Roe open new purpose built flying boat works

    1938e---One of the first Radar Stations built on St Boniface Down

    1939e__World War 2

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    1845c---Plans for East Cowes Park raised

    1845e---Foxes first imported for hunting

    1845e---Blackgang Chine first opened to the public

    1845e---Landowners forestall attempts to establish Island railway

    1845e---Queen Victoria acquires Osborne Estate

    1845e---IW Observer newspaper launched

    1848c__Pedal cycle invented

    1849e---Dickens writing 'David Copperfield' at Winterbourne

    1849e---First purpose built hospital opens: Royal IoW Infirmary Ryde

    1850e---East Cowes has one well serving 150 families

    1850e---Cowes has 1000 people living in courts and alleys

    1851e---Cowes first America Cup yacht race (world oldest trophy)

    1851e---Osborne House completed

    1851e---Population 45,640

    1852e---Medina Cement build Britain's first(?) concrete house at East Cowes

    1853e---Alfred Tennyson moves into Farringford

    1854e---St Thomas's 12th century Church Newport rebuilt

    1855e---IW Mercury newspaper launched

    1856e---Ryde Esplanade built

    1856e---Fort Redoubt built on Freshwater cliffs

    1859e__Darwin publishes 'Origin of Species'

    1859e---Present Needles lighthouse built

    1860c---Island's first two lifeboats acquired, for Brook and Brighstone

    1860c---IW one of the last outposts of the coaching age

    1860c---Steam ploughs reach a few farms

    1860e---Prince Albert oversees rebuilding of Whippingham Church

    1861e__Prince Albert dies

    1861e---National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest opened at Ventnor

    1862e---First railway line opened: between Cowes and Newport

    1862e---IW Times newspaper launched

    1863e__Last public execution

    1863e---Needles battery built

    1863e---Brook Church burns down

    1863e---Bridge over the Yar ends the isolation of West Wight

    1864e---Railway opened between Ryde St Johns and Shanklin

    1865c---Excessive intrusion drives Tennyson to mainland for summer seasons

    1865c---New land drainage techniques improve farming capabilities

    1865c--Ventnor population at 5000 (from 350 in thirty years)

    1865e--Bembridge fort built

    1866e--Railway extension to Ventnor opened

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    1827e---Turner paints while a guest at Cowes Castle

    1829e---Ryde recognised as town under lighting and paving act

    1830c---Alum Bay coloured sands are a tourist attraction

    1830e__First passenger rail service opens

    1830e---Limited action in conjunction with mainland 'labourers revolt'

    1830e---All Solent crossings now have steamships

    1831c__Electromagnetic Induction Engine invented

    1831c---Broadlands lace factory employing nearly 800 people on 80 machines

    1831e---A 12 year old future Queen Victoria holidays at Norris Castle

    1832e__Reform Bill widens election suffrage and changes political influence

    1832e---Population "nearly all more or less concerned with smuggling"

    1832e---Island MPs reduced from six to two

    1833e__Abolition of slavery throughout the Empire

    1833e---Royal Yacht Squadron founded at Cowes

    1834e---The first of several years of drought hits farming

    1835e---John Nash dies

    1836e---Farms sending 8,000 lambs to London per season

    1836e---IW Trustees Savings Bank opened (first banking for poor)

    1836e---" 80% of the population consume contraband spirits tobacco and tea"

    1836e---IW 'Guardians of the Poor' become subservient to new Poor Law

    1836e---'Clarendon' shipwrecked at Chale: timber used to enlarge pub

    1837e---Economic grievances cause riots at Tory election victory

    1838e__Queen Victoria's coronation

    1838e---Existing St Catherine's lighthouse built

    1838e---Parkhurst barracks adapted to take juvenile prisoners

    1838e---Improved postal services to (remote) southern districts

    1838e---Northwood House, Cowes, built

    1839c---Ventnor beginning to develop housing as winter haven for invalids

    1840c---Medina Cement company established

    1840c---Many poor taking advantage of assisted emigration to Canada

    1840e__Uniform Penny Postage applied throughout the country

    1840e---First Roman Villa discovered, at Rock, Brighstone

    1842c---First juvenile prisoners shipped from Parkhurst to New World

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