Secret Isle of Wight
- Andy Bull
15th June 2022
The Isle of Wight, lying off the South Coast of England, has been a popular tourist destination for 200 years but has played an important role in the history of Britain for centuries. It was settled by Celts, Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, and following the Norman Conquest, became a kingdom in its own right for two centuries. After the Reformation, the Worsley family became governors of the island, transforming Appledurcombe Priory into the family home, but misfortune was to haunt the family and house over ensuing centuries. The island was transformed by royal patronage, George IV supporting the Royal Yacht Club and Victoria making Osbourne her favoured retreat, and the island was home to many famous names in the Victorian world including Tennyson. The island has also been at the forefront of technology and defence with the world’s first radio station, established by Marconi, and the development of Britain’s Black Knight ballistic missile and Black Arrow space rocket. As well as all this, the island’s story includes a mystery raid in World War 2, flying boats and hovercrafts, its famous music festival and much more.
With tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and tucked away or disappeared historical buildings and locations, Secret Isle of Wight will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this island off the South Coast of England.