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Wight Collection

Discover the enchanting beauty of the Isle of Wight, a hidden gem nestled off the coast of southern England

Background imageWight Collection: Map of Isle of Wight

Map of Isle of Wight
A Map of the Isle of Wight, showing the internal railway system and the new & short route between the island and the Hampshire coast

Background imageWight Collection: Map / Isle of Wight C1857

Map / Isle of Wight C1857
Map of the Isle of Wight (County series)

Background imageWight Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Spithead Air Ferry to and from the island, winter fare seven shillings and sixpence return, seven services daily

Background imageWight Collection: Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants

Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants
Boys from the Training Ship Mercury swimming nude in the River Hamble. The Mercury, established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare

Background imageWight Collection: Isle of Wight / Needles

Isle of Wight / Needles
Isle of Wight: The Needles

Background imageWight Collection: Ventnor, Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight, England

Ventnor, Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Isle of Wight / Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor
Isle of Wight: Ventnor

Background imageWight Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, showing a passenger airliner flying above a cruise liner, advertising Travel by Air Ferry to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. 20th century

Background imageWight Collection: Map of the Isle of Wight

Map of the Isle of Wight, showing the principal roads (marked in red) and the internal Island rail network Date: 1910

Background imageWight Collection: Suspension Pier, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England

Suspension Pier, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
The elegant Suspension Pier, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England. The suspension pier was designed by Frank Caws, a Seaview-born engineer/architect then working in Sunderland

Background imageWight Collection: Shanklin, old village, Isle of Wight, England

Shanklin, old village, Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

Totland Bay, Isle of Wight - Painted by landscape artist Alfred Robert Quinton for the Sevenoaks based publishing and printing company J. Salmon, and reproduced as a local view postcard

Background imageWight Collection: Training Ship Mercury and boys racing crew, River Hamble

Training Ship Mercury and boys racing crew, River Hamble
The racing crew of the training ship Mercury with the ship itself in the background. The Mercury, established in 1885 by Charles Hoare, was originally based at Binstead, Isle of Wight

Background imageWight Collection: Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour

Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour
The No.1 steam-powered Sandbanks chain ferry. Sandbanks Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour in the English county of Dorset

Background imageWight Collection: Yachting at Cowes

Yachting at Cowes
In the foaming wake of a racing cutter Date: 1914

Background imageWight Collection: British and Russian Royal Families at Osborne House

British and Russian Royal Families at Osborne House, Isle of Wight on 4th August 1909. Pictured are Tsar (Czar) Nicholas and Tsarina (Czarina) Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, later Alexandra Feodorovna

Background imageWight Collection: Spithead & Shoreham Air Ferries Poster

Spithead & Shoreham Air Ferries Poster
Poster, Spithead & Shoreham Air Ferries, showing a passenger plane G-ABVB above a map of the south coast. Save time, see more, give your holiday a flying start

Background imageWight Collection: Railway Air Services Poster

Railway Air Services Poster
Railway Air Services (RAS) Poster, serving Plymouth, Teignmouth, Cardiff, Birmingham and Liverpool, Cowes (Isle of Wight), Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham, London (Croydon) and Isle of Wight

Background imageWight Collection: Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hampshire

Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hampshire
The Training Ship Mercury was established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare. The ship, a barque previously named Illova, was originally moored at Binstead on the Isle of Wight

Background imageWight Collection: Western Airways Ltd Poster

Western Airways Ltd Poster
Poster, Norman Edgar Western Airways Ltd, Bristol to Cardiff Air Express, 15 minutes, 9 shillings and sixpence single fare

Background imageWight Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd (PS & IOWA), showing an aeroplane flying above a route map from London to the Isle of Wight, with a May to August timetable and fares

Background imageWight Collection: Western Airways Poster

Western Airways Poster
Poster, Norman Edgar (Western Airways) Ltd, showing prices and times from Bristol to various destinations by Air Express Daily, including special day returns. 20th century

Background imageWight Collection: Pleasure Flights Poster

Pleasure Flights Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Bembridge Farm Aerodrome at any time by arrangement at the farm

Background imageWight Collection: Seaview near Ryde, II. Isle of Wight, England

Seaview near Ryde, II. Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor, Isle of Wight, one of the pleasant resorts of this lovely island

Background imageWight Collection: Multiview, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Multiview, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Multiview, Cowes, near Newport, Isle of Wight, England. Date: 1910s

Background imageWight Collection: Seaview near Ryde, I. Isle of Wight, England

Seaview near Ryde, I. Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, showing a passenger airliner flying above a cruise liner. With a list of principal agents, fares and route map. 20th century

Background imageWight Collection: Shanklin, Chine, Isle of Wight, England

Shanklin, Chine, Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Totland Bay, Isle of Wight, England

Totland Bay, Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight, England

Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Bonchurch Pond, I. Isle of Wight, England

Bonchurch Pond, I. Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Bembridge Lifeboat Stn

Bembridge Lifeboat Stn
The Lifeboat Station at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England

Background imageWight Collection: Isle of Wight / Shorwell

Isle of Wight / Shorwell
Isle of Wight: Shorwell

Background imageWight Collection: Queen Elizabeth Liner

Queen Elizabeth Liner
The Queen Elizabeth, the largest of the P. & O. Liners, seen here in the Solent, off the Isle of Wight, England

Background imageWight Collection: Bonchurch the Church

Bonchurch the Church
The old church

Background imageWight Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd (PS & IOWA), Daily Air Services to Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth, Portsmouth & Southsea, London. Book Here. 20th century

Background imageWight Collection: Daredevil Diver Leslie Gadsby, Shanklin Pier, Isle of Wight

Daredevil Diver Leslie Gadsby, Shanklin Pier, Isle of Wight and his variety of crazy dives, including a 90ft dive in a sack, a 45ft long arm balance

Background imageWight Collection: Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, Hampshire. Date: circa 1930s

Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, Hampshire. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageWight Collection: Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight, 1875, by Berthe Morisot

Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight, 1875, by Berthe Morisot
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). French Impressionist painter. Eug?¨ne Manet on the Isle of Wight, 1875. Marmottan Monet Museum. Paris. France

Background imageWight Collection: Picture No. 10741229

Picture No. 10741229
Carisbrooke Castle, a historic motte-and-bailey castle, village of Carisbrooke, near Newport, Isle of Wight Date:

Background imageWight Collection: The Beach, Shanklin, Isle of Wight

The Beach, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
The Beach, Shanklin, near Sandown, Isle of Wight, England. Showing Bathing Huts & Rowing Boats Date: 1910s

Background imageWight Collection: Westland SRN6, SR-N6-150, of Hovertravel

Westland SRN6, SR-N6-150, of Hovertravel, leaving the Southsea Terminal en route to Ryde, Isle of Wight

Background imageWight Collection: Freshwater Bay Arch and Stag Rocks, Isle of Wight, England

Freshwater Bay Arch and Stag Rocks, Isle of Wight, England. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageWight Collection: Lord Mountbatten inspecting Sea Scouts

Lord Mountbatten inspecting Sea Scouts
Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, Commodore of Sea Scouts, inspecting the 2nd Cowes Sea Scouts on the opening of their new Headquarters. August 1977

Background imageWight Collection: County Asylum, Newport, Isle of Wight

County Asylum, Newport, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight County Lunatic Asylum was opened in 1896 at Sandy Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight. It later became the Isle of Wight County Mental Hospital and then Whitecroft Hospital

Background imageWight Collection: Taking a ride over the Isle of Wight in an aeroplane

Taking a ride over the Isle of Wight in an aeroplane
Taking a ride over the Isle of Wight in a two-seater aeroplane. The lady passenger is bereft of flying hat/helmet and goggles and obviously therefore enjoys the feeling of the wind in her hair

Background imageWight Collection: The Beach at Shanklin, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England

The Beach at Shanklin, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England Date: circa 1909



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Discover the enchanting beauty of the Isle of Wight, a hidden gem nestled off the coast of southern England. Immerse yourself in its rich history and breathtaking landscapes as you explore this captivating island. Embark on your journey with a map of the Isle of Wight, tracing your finger along its intricate coastline. From Portsmouth to Southsea, let your adventure begin as you set foot on this picturesque haven. Transport yourself back in time with an aviation poster showcasing the charm and allure of yesteryears. Feel the excitement build as you envision taking flight over this idyllic destination. Step into history with a vintage map from 1857, marveling at how this island has evolved over time. Let it guide you through quaint towns like Ventnor and Steephill Cove, where old-world charm meets stunning natural beauty. Gaze upon the iconic Needles, nature's masterpiece that stands proudly against crashing waves. Capture unforgettable moments amidst its rugged cliffs and panoramic views that will leave you breathless. Venture further into paradise as you uncover more wonders in places like Shanklin's old village. Lose yourself in its timeless streets lined with charming cottages and immerse yourself in traditional English culture. Cross paths with Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1, welcoming you to Poole Harbour's majestic entrance. Witness firsthand how land merges seamlessly with sea while experiencing a unique mode of transportation. Walk along Seaview's Suspension Pier for an awe-inspiring view that stretches out before your eyes - a testament to human ingenuity blending harmoniously with nature's grandeur. Indulge in Cowes' multiview panorama; soak up vibrant scenes filled with sailboats dancing across azure waters during regattas or simply bask in tranquil moments by serene shores – truly a sailor’s paradise. The Isle beckons adventurers seeking solace within its unspoiled landscapes and nostalgic ambiance. Uncover hidden treasures, create lasting memories, and let this captivating island captivate your heart.