Across the Island, houses, forts, castles and monuments have fallen victim to the passage of time. Sometimes the only clue that they ever existed is in a name, Wilkes Street - where John Wilkes had a seaside villa in Sandown, or Nash Avenue - where John Nash built his retirement home at East Cowes Castle. What did they look like and what stands there w? Contrasting a selection of forty-five outstanding archive images alongside stunning full-colour modern photographs, this book reveals the changing face of the Island's town's and villages during the last century. Each picture is accompanied by a detailed caption, bringing the past to life and describing many aspects of life on the Island, including shops and business, pubs and sports, providing a vital record of vanished vistas and past practices. As well as delighting the many tourists who visit the Island, The Isle of Wight Then & Now will provide present occupants with a stalgic glimpse of how the Island used to be.
Jan Toms is the author of The Little Book of the Isle of Wight and has also written articles for Island Life magazine, and the on-line magazine Suite 101. Jan has recently taught creative writing for adult males in Camp Hill Prison.