Castles monuments in Isle of Wight
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Isle of Wight

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Isle of Wight...

Isle of Wight Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

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Cypress Road, Newport, Isle of Wight

Extensive remains of a 3rd Century AD farmhouse, including one of the best preserved domestic Roman bath suites in Britain. The site discovered in 1926 includes reconstructed rooms, museum exhibits, gift shops and garden.
Tel: 01983 529720    Fax: 01983 823841
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Bembridge Windmill

High St, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5SQ
Tel: 01983 873945     E-mail:

Bembridge Windmill Photo © Crispin Purdye
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Grade I listed windmill.

Built c.1700 and still with its original wooden machinery, the windmill is the only one surviving on the Island.

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Needles Old Battery

West Highdown, Totland, PO39 0JH
Tel: 01983 754772     E-mail:

The Needles and Old Battery Photo © Humphrey Bolton
The Needles and Old Battery -
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Victorian gun battery perched on the tip of the Isle of Wight.

The threat of a French invasion prompted the construction in 1862 of this spectacularly sited fort, which still retains its original gun barrels.

The laboratory, searchlight position and position-finding cells have all been restored and a 65yd tunnel leads to dramatic views of the Hampshire and Dorset coastline.

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Yarmouth Castle

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PB     Tel: 01983 760678

This last addition to Henry VIII's coastal defences was completed in 1547. It houses exhibitions of the Isle of Wight and photographs of old Yarmouth.
Magnificent picnic spot with views over the Solent.

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Calbourne Water Mill

Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 4JN     Tel/Fax: 01983 531227

A 17th century working water mill. The mill mentioned in the Doomsday Book, stands in beautifully kept grounds. Also at the site are; wind engine, rural museum, freshly baked bread and cakes from the flour ground by the mill, café, gift shop and free parking.

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Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1XY
Tel: 01983 522107

Carisbrooke Castle is in the care of English Heritage. It offers seven acres of castle and earthworks to explore. The oldest part you see today is a Norman motte and bailey - a stone shell keep on a mound, and a curtain wall round a courtyard, occupying the site of a former Saxon burh.

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East Cowes Heritage Centre

8 Clarence Rd, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EP
Tel: 01983 280310    Fax: 01983 296718    Email:

Permanent exhibition showing the development of East Cowes over the last 200 years, plus temporary exhibitions on aspects of local history.

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Tennyson Monument

Tennyson Down, Freshwater Bay, West Wight

It was the remote tranquillity of the Island that drew Alfred Tennyson to settle at Farringford in 1853. He came at a stage in his career when he was achieving some critical acclaim - succeeding as poet laureate upon the death of Wordsworth in 1850. His presence at Freshwater drew a wider circle of notable visitors there - Benjamin Jowett, Edward Lear, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Charles Darwin and Prince Albert to name but a few. After his death in 1892 the great marble Maltese Cross was put up on the down where he had walked, and which now bears his name.

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The Hoy Monument

North End of St Catherine's Down, Near Blackgang, West Wight

A prominent feature on St Catherine’s Down is the Holy Monument, a tall stone column with a large finial sphere at the top. It was built in 1814 by Michael Hoy, a merchant trading with Russia, who lived in a house called The Hermitage on the eastern slope of the down. The occasion was a visit to Britain by the Tsar Alexander I of Russia, at that time - having just entered Paris in triumph at the head of his armies - the lynchpin of the coalition against Napoleon.

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Grays Monument

Church Litten, Near Entrance to Lord Louis Library, Newport

In the early 1800's the usual way of sweeping any substantial chimney was to send a little boy up it, brushing the soot as he climbed. One of these climbing boys was Valentine Gray a nine year old pauper from Alverstoke who went to work for a Newport sweep, a Mr Davis. One day the boy was found dead in his sleeping quarters, the outbuilding of a house in Pyle Street, Newport. A surgeon who examined the body found that it was a mass of bruises, and that the cause of death was a severe blow to the head.

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