Isle of Wight Local Customs

  • Carisbrooke Castle around 1700
    Carisbrooke Castle around 1700
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Isle of Wight Local Customs

  • Origin of pub signs

    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...

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  • Rock - what is it?

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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 London1673e---Earliest record of an Island postmaster...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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 faith1588e__Drake battles with the Spanish Armada 1588e---A suggestion of Island shipbuilding 1590x__Glass windows appearing in domestic houses 1602e---Major...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    Pages from Isle of Wight History Centre0885e---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 -...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    A list of events and incidentals contributing to the Island's historyPages from Isle of Wight History Centrehttp://freespace.virgin.net/roger.hewitt/iwias/home.htmA 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...

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  • PLUTO helps in WWII on the Island.

    1942 ___ My Great Uncle, Jack Hutchings who helped build PLUTO and spenthis retirement in Osbourne House. There is a memorial plaque toPLUTO 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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    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...

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  • Isle of Wight History timeline

    1803e__Start of the Napoleonic Wars 1804e---John Nash rebuilds Whippingham Church 1805c--Ryde attracting "genteel company . . crammed into accommodation" 1806e_Cotton industry employing 184,000 handloom weavers 1807c--Supplies for Napoleonic wars climax farming prosperity 1809e--Prison ships established at Medina entrance 1810c---Shanklin chine...

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  • I.O.W. Dialect & vocabulary

    Sounds a bit farmerish, Devon, Hampshire like. We call Portsmouth 'Pompey', or say yer goin over ter Newport then? or down Sandown or up Ryde .....I remember some words like 'Gert' meaning great or big and 'Nipper' for child, also nammit for sandwiches for lunch.Owing to its geographical isolation, the Island's local dialect was once particularly...

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  • Smugglers on the Isle of Wight

    East Cowes Cont.Smaller craft were more difficult to deal with, particularly on the rocky south coast, and when Arnold reinforced the land-guard in these areas subterfuge became the rule. The smugglers hid their goods under legitimate cargoes, and landed them in the north coast ports. In common with other parts of the south coast of England, tubs...

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  • Smugglers on the Isle of Wight

    COWES AND THE NORTH COAST Cowes is at the northernmost tip of the islandThe south of the island had the advantage of being ill-policed, but the landing places there were really suitable only for small craft. Bigger ships had to travel round to the north side to unload. Here smuggling sometimes took a different form: East Indiamen would anchor in...

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  • Smugglers on the Isle of Wight

    THE CHINESCoastal erosion has truncated many of the chines at the seaward end, and modern development has dissipated the essential character of others. However, the wooded slopes of Shankline Chine retain much of their original atmosphere, despite the tarmac path and entrance fee. When the chance of detection was slight, most free-traders preferred...

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  • Smugglers on the Isle of Wight

    There seem to have been no large gangs on the island, and the free-trade apparently enjoyed the support of many of the inhabitants. To a certain extent this may reflect the fact that many local people despised rule from the mainland — until the end of the 13th century Wight had been an independent principality, and even at this early date, export...

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  • Smugglers on the Isle of Wight

    Smuggling on the Isle of WightIn Hampshire, the smuggler's job was made especially easy by the proximity of the Isle of Wight. The island had a well-developed trade in wool exports, and until the late 18th century, its coasts were only lightly guarded against the attentions of free-traders: any ship's master with sufficient navigational ability...

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  • Famous Islanders or visitors

    Elizabeth Wallbridge - was The Dairyman's Daughter. The book about her written by The Revd. Legh Richmond, Vicar of Brading, was the most widely read religious tract of the 19th century. Born in 1770 at Arreton, the book chronicled her conversion to Methodism and her death at the age of 30 from consumption. Her grave in the church at Arreton was a...

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  • Famous Islanders or visitors

    William Arnold - was in the Revenue Service as the Collector of Cowes with responsibility for Customs Duty between Southampton and Poole. His son was Thomas Arnold (1795-1842) the famed Dr. Arnold of Rugby (School) as portrayed in "Tom Brown's Schooldays". Thomas Arnold, in his early days of education was sent to Warminster School (Wiltshire)...

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  • Famous Islanders or visitors

    Uffa Fox - Born at East Cowes in 1898, he spent almost his entire life on the Island, although he actually died at the home of friends in Worcestershire. He was a notable local "character" who included royalty amongst his friends. He designed and built many famous boats - one of the more recent being the Britannia in which John Fairfax crossed the...

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  • Famous Islanders or visitors

    Julia Margaret Cameron - The photographer moved to the Isle of Wight in 1860 when she bought Dimbola in Freshwater. She was given her first camera three years later and shortly afterwards began to win international awards, and to hold exhibitions. She left the Island in 1875 to return to Ceylon where her husband owned coffee plantations. She died...

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  • Famous Islanders or visitors

    Algernon Swinburne - Born in London in 1837, his family moved to Bonchurch shortly after. At fist East Dene was rented but Captain Swinburne bought it in 1841. He was educated at Eton & Oxford but returned to the Island in 1863. He spent much time at Northcourt, the home of his cousin, Mary Gordon (later Mrs. Disney Leith). East Dene was sold in...

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  • Famous Caulkheads, Grockles & Overners

    or should I say Isleawighters, tourists and people from the mainland.A few pages for Caulkheads, Overners & Grockles who were born on, chose to live on, or loved to visit the Island.Robert Hooke - He was the son of John Hooke, the curate of All Saints, Freshwater. He was born there in 1635. His father died in 1643 and Robert went to London to be...

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  • Chines of the Isle of Wight

    Chine is the local name for a feature where a stream has cut through solid rock. The Island has many examples on its south-eastern & south-western shores. Chines appear very different. Some, especially on the south-western shores are barren, while others (for example Shanklin Chine) are rich with exotic vegetation in the unique microclimate. List...

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  • Newtown, the rotten borough

    Newtown, the rotten boroughIn the hamlet of Newtown, on the coast between Yarmouth & Cowes, there is a classic example of a Rotten Borough. Once a flourishing port, it sent two members to parliament until the Reform Act of 1832 stripped it of its right. All that remains of Newtown's former status is the Town Hall, now a property of the National...

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  • Motto & coat of arms

    The Island's motto is All this beauty is of God the arms or crest depicts a horse and seahorse symbolising agriculture and the maritime which have supported and conditioned Island life in so many ways. Royal associations are represented by a castle on a shield, and the insular nature of the Island is suggested by waves of the sea lapping the base...

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  • Derivation of the Isle of Wight name

    The Romans called the Island Vectis. In the Anglo-Saxon chronicle it is Wihte ealond, Wihtland or Wiht, followed by further variations of the spelling in the middle ages, such as Wicht, Wict, Whyht, Wyght and Wight. The derivation cannot be established with certainty but the name is probably of British origin and may be connected with the Welsh...

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  • Victorian Heritage

    Osborne House was a retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They greatly enjoyed the Isle of Wight, far from the pressures court life at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.So there is quite a bit of the Victorian Heritage to be experienced here!

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  • Traditions

    The UK is a place of great tradition, so do try to get to see a little bit of it. We stayed at this very nice hotel (see picture), but also enjoyed the interior of the Osborne House.

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