Isle of Wight

Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them. Please click thumbnails for full size picture. Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The manufacturer of the card is shown in brackets (where available).

St Blaisius church, Shanklin Shanklin Old Village from the South

St Blaisius church, Shanklin, known as the 'Old Church'. Card 

dated 1913. Reputedly 850 years old. Situated on the 

outskirts of Shanklin below the Downs on the Ventnor Road. (Ideal)

Shanklin Old Village from the South,

the building in the centre is the Crab Inn. (Dean)


Shanklin Old Village from the South

Shanklin Village from the north

Another view of Shanklin Old Village from the South,

dressed overall for some occasion. (Welsh)

Shanklin Old Village from the north, dated 1911.

Longfellow fountain Shanklin


The Old Village, where thatched roofs and the quaint white fronts of old cottages with their roses and honeysuckle carry the visitor back a century. On the left is the Crab Hotel, which boasts, with some reason, of being the prettiest in the Island. At the corner is an unobtrusive Fountain, with a small shield emblazoned with the English and American flags, and bearing the following lines, written by Longfellow when visiting Shanklin in 1868:

O traveller, stay thy weary feet;

Drink of this fountain, pure and sweet;

It flows for rich and poor the same.

Then go thy way, remembering still

The wayside well beneath the hill,

The cup of water in His name.

From Ward Lock Red Guide from the 1920's

Looking towards Shanklin old village Vernon Cottage, Shanklin

An unusual view looking towards Shanklin old village. (Nigh)

Vernon Cottage, looking towards Shanklin old village. (Dixon)

Shanklin High Street Regent Street, Shanklin

Shanklin High Street, probably about 1905 with the tower of the Congregational Church in the background.

Regent Street, Shanklin,the main shopping centre, probably from

 the 1970's. Old cards of this part of the town appear rare. (Photo Precision)

Shanklin Home of Rest Apse Farm, Shanklin

Shanklin Home of Rest, Littlestairs on the way to 

Lake dated around 1910. The build still exists as 

Winchester House holiday and conference centre. (Photochrom)

A rural scene from just outside Shanklin, Apse Farm, Nineham. 

Probably dated around 1910. (Welch)

Landguard Manor Shanklin Shanklin gas works

Landguard Manor, Shanklin built in the 18th Century manor house.

Now used as a conference and wedding venue

And finally.... something of an unusual card labelled 

'Picturesque Shanklin. It is, in fact, a drawing of the old 

gas works (near the station) and is postmarked 1903.

Shanklin Esplanade

Shanklin Chine



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10 December 2008