These are a
selection of pictures of the Isle of Wight, taken from old postcards in my album, which I will be changing
from time to time. I hope you will re-visit this page if you are interested
in the Island views, some places have not changed very much and retain the
main characteristics of the bygone era. To see an enlarged picture, click on
Harbour at sunset, a beautiful scene of tranquility. This card has a postal date
of 1970. The ferry to and from Lymington is here and one of the main Island
life-boats can usually be seen moored within the harbour.
Seaview High Street, relatively unchanged over the years,
slopes gradually down to the esplanade. The postal date of the card is
unclear, but the half penny stamp depicting King George V, puts it in the early
part of the 20th century.
Ryde Esplanade, with the Pavilion in the centre of the
picture and the end of the Pier showing in the background. There is no date
on this card, but the old cars and motor buses can give an idea of
Godshill Village, a quaint
area with thatched cottages, tearooms, gardens and small shops, a popular place
for visitors. The church, of which the tower can be seen in the
background, stands high on a hill, accessible by many steps or a very steep
up hill walk. This card was posted in 1908.
This map card, shows the layout and dimensions of the Isle of
Wight and all the main villages. Also shown are the Railways, which no longer run through
to Ventnor and Freshwater, though not dated, it has to be earlier than the mid-20th
Blasius Old Church Shanklin, situated just outside the Old Village, on the way through
to the Landslip and Ventnor. A very picturesque and tranquil area. This card
was posted in 1907.
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