This comprehensive and generously illustrated guide explores the
beguiling buildings of the Isle of Wight. The island's many towns,
villages, and resorts are included in a detailed gazetteer, as are
the charming villas and "cottages ornes" dotted around the
spectacular coasts. Among the grand architecture found on the
island are the powerful fortress of Carisbrooke Castle; the rich
Baroque mansion of Appuldurcombe; Victoria and Albert's Osborne
House; and the extraordinary Quarr Abbey, a masterpiece of
Expressionist brick. Other attractions include Roman villas, sturdy
manor houses, powerful coastal defenses built for Henry VIII (and
reinforced under Queen Victoria), and the retreats of Tennyson and
other Victorian notables, not to mention a well-established
tradition of innovative modern design.
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