The Tourist's Picturesque Guide to the Isle of Wight

The Tourist's Picturesque Guide to the Isle of Wight

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... more sanguine prophesy that Sandown and Shanklin will become one town. Should that ever be the case, the sister towns will form a most attractive watering-place. Shanklin has gained more from the opening of the railway than has any other town with which it is connected. In 1846 it was described by Lord Jeffery as "a very small and ' scattery' village, all mixed up with trees, and lying among sweet airy falls and swells of ground." At that time its houses, of the cottage type, were confined to the sides of the high road, and its little church, of the humblest character, was sufficient for the comfortable accommodation of its residents and the few visitors who were attracted to the spot during the summer months. Now, although the rustic beauty of the place has been to a great extent preserved, it has risen to the importance of a town. Villas and terraces cover nearly the whole of the parish (for it is but a small one, 950 acres in extent), its streets are lighted with gas, and it can boast of some good shops, while its church has been doubled in size, a new one has been opened, and two or three Dissenting chapels have been built. The town occupies a table-land at the foot of a breezy down; its climate is mild and genial, so that vegetation is exuberant, myrtles growing in the open air to a size large enough to form walkingsticks. The town is managed by a Local Board. The Chine is, as we have said, the great object of attraction at Shanklin. Like all the other chines in the Island, it was formed by the operation of a landspring, which in the course of ages loosened and partially washed away the substratum of the solid rockwork, causing it to subside, and thus form the irregular cleft or fissure through which the stream now more

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  • English
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  • 9781236568250