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).
its name from the once extensively worked quarries in the locality. The
original Abbey, of which a few ruins may still be seen, was founded in 1132
by Baldwin de Redvers, Earl of Devon and Lord of the Island. Here he
and his wife and son, and a number of other distinguished personages,
including the Lady Cicely, second daughter of Edward IV and godmother of
Henry VIII, were buried. The abbey was tenanted by the Cistercians and was
the second house of the kind established in England. By careful
management and successive endowments, the property shortly became the most
valuable in the Island, and the Abbot was a person of so much consequence
that he was appointed Warden or Lord of the Island. In 1340
special licence was obtained to fortify the place against the attacks
of sea-rovers, and the remains of the stone wall, with sea gate and
portcullis, then erected, may still be traced. At the Dissolution of the
Monasteries the property passed into the possession of a prosaic merchant
of Southampton, by name George Mills, who promptly razed most of the
buildings to the ground for the sake of the materials and turned the land
to agricultural uses. Part of the ruins have now been restored and are
used as a farm.
quarter of a mile beyond the ruins the visitor turns to the right up the
drive leading to the New Abbey, a remarkable piece of modern architecture
erected in 1904 for the accommodation of a body of Benedictine monks expelled
from France in 1901.
They settled first at Appuldurcombe House, near Wroxall, and then
here. In 1922
they returned to France at the invitation of the French Government.
They, however, left a colony here, open to British as well as to French
recruits, keeping the same rule and life as the large community in France.
The Chapel, in the Byzantine style, is strikingly magnificent with its pointed arches over nave and chancel. The peculiarity of the very short nave and very long chancel is explained by the fact that it is a monks’ chapel.
Ward Locks Guide to the Isle Wight around 1930
Freshwater | Totland | Alum Bay and the Needles | Yarmouth | Shalfleet | Newtown | Calbourne | Carisbrooke Castle | Carisbrooke | Newport | Cowes and Gurnard | Osborne House | Wootton & Fishbourne | Quarr & Binstead | Ryde | Seaview | Bembridge | Brading | Sandown | Shanklin | Godshill | Arreton Valley | Ventnor | St Lawrence and the Undercliff | St Catherine's Lighthouse's | Niton | Blackgang Chine | Blackgang and Chale | Brighstone and Shorwell | Mottistone to Compton
22 August 2010