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Gallery 2  >  On Location (UK) > ISLE OF WIGHT

01.  Freshwater Bay, towards Tennyson Down

 

02.  Ventnor Beach

 

03.  Thatched Cottages, Godshill

 

04.  Chair Lifts, Alum Bay

17.  Milky Way, Blackgang Chine Theme Park

 

18.  Chair Lifts to Alum Bay & The Needles  

 

19.  Osbourne House, East Cowes

 

20.  Osbourne House, East Cowes

13.  Bald Eagle, Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall

 

14.  Thatched Cottages, Godshill

 

15.  Freshwater Bay, towards Tennyson Down

 

16.  Brighstone Church

09.  Brighstone Cottages

 

10.  After Sunset, Compton Bay

 

11.  A Warm Glow, Compton Bay

 

12.  Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall

05.  West Wight Coastline, towards Freshwater Bay

 

06.  Bembridge Windmill

 

07.  Winkle Street, Calbourne

 

08.  Art For Sale, Winkle Street, Calbourne

21.  Osbourne House, East Cowes

 

22.  Heads Up, Ventnor Botanical Gardens

 

23.  Sunset over Yarmouth Marina

 

24.  Compton Bay

The Isle of Wight, known to the ancient Romans as Vectis, is a county and the largest and second most populous island of England. It is located in the English Channel, about 4 miles (6 km) off the coast of Hampshire and is separated from mainland Great Britain by the Solent. The island has several resorts which have been holiday destinations since Victorian times. The history of the Isle of Wight includes a brief period of time as an independent kingdom in the 15th century. Until 1995, like Jersey and Guernsey, the island had a Governor.

 

Home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes, the island has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the world's first hovercraft, and the testing and development of Britain's space rockets. The Isle hosts annual festivals including the Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival, which, in 1970, was the largest rock music event ever held. The island has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

 

The Isle of Wight was part of Hampshire until 1890, when it became an independent administrative county. Until 1974 it continued to share its Lord Lieutenant with Hampshire, when it was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan ceremonial county which gave it its own Lord Lieutenant and was recognised as a postal county.

 

The quickest public transport link to the mainland is to and from Southsea (Portsmouth) by hovercraft, while five ferry services shuttle across the Solent.