(Including Appuldurcombe)

Isle of Wight

Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them. Please click thumbnails for full size picture. Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The manufacturer of the card is shown in brackets (where available).

Alexandra Gardens, Ventnor

Ventnor High Street

Alexandra Gardens, at the top of the cascade (seen bottom left) 1925. (Wickenden)

The High Street, Ventnor. card postmarked 1945 

but probably taken some years before. (Daily News)

Crab and Lobster hotel

Ventnor church

Crab and Lobster pictured around 1934.This was

one of the premier hotels in Ventnor.

St Catherine's Church, Ventnor. Undated. (Bagwell)

St Boniface Downs

St Boniface Downs Slopes

Described as 'St Boniface Downs', this undated 

card shows houses with the downs above. (Knight)

Card is labelled 'Precipitous Slopes of St Boniface'. 

It is dated 1916 and shows a view looking west. (Ideal)

St Boniface Downs

St Boniface Down 1935

St Boniface Down from Hatfields Lookout, around 1915

A later view of St Boniface Downs, 1935

Upper Ventnor

Upper Ventnor

An undated card of Upper Ventnor, the railway station was on the left. 

The chimney was probably the water works. (Dean)

A similar, undated, view. (Nigh)


Appuldurcombe is just north of Ventnor near the village of Wroxall. It is known for Appuldurcombe House and Park for many years the seat of the Worsley family. In the Early part of the twentieth century it was used by the Benedictine Monks who subsequently moved to Quarr Abbey. The House fell into decline, and was damaged by a bomb during the Second World War. It is now a shell, under the control of English Heritage.

Appuldurcombe House Appuldurcombe Park

Appuldurcombe House, when it was used as an Abbey about 1903. (Thompson)

Appuldurcombe Park, the house may be seen through the trees, about 1910. (Peacock)

Freemantle Gate, Appuldurcombe

Freemantle Gate, Appuldurcombe, former entrance to Appuldurcombe House, 1906

Ventnor Approaches

Ventnor Esplanade

Bonchurch and the Landslip 

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23 November 2009