Isle of Wight, Hampshire


A Guide to all the Watering and Sea Bathing Places, Description of the Lakes, Tour in Wales etc., etc by R Phillips (1816):

Wight, which constitutes a part of Hampshire, is situate nearly midway between the counties of Dorset and Sussex. From many circumstances, there is reason to suppose that it was originally connected with the main land, from which it is now separated by a strait of unequal breadth, being not more than one mile at the western extremity, and nearly seven at the eastern. The form of the island is rhomboidal; measuring 22 miles from the western to the eastern angle, and thirteen miles from north to south, being about sixty miles in circumference and containing about 95,360 acres. It is divided into two hundreds, called East and West Medina, according to their situation in regard to that river and thirty parishes. The population is nearly 2600 souls.

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Quotations
 Chapter 11 
The scenes in its neighbourhood, Charmouth, with its high grounds and extensive sweeps of country, and still more its sweet, retired bay, backed by dark cliffs, where fragments of low rock among the sands make it the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation; the woody varieties of the cheerful village of Up Lyme; and, above all, Pinny, with its green chasms between romantic rocks, where the scattered forest-trees and orchards of luxuriant growth declare that many a generation must have passed away since the first partial falling of the cliff prepared the ground for such a state, where a scene so wonderful and so lovely is exhibited, as may more than equal any of the resembling scenes of the far-famed Isle of Wight: these places must be visited, and visited again to make the worth of Lyme understood.
 

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