Isle of Wight Nostalgia - links to other sites

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If you have your own website covering areas related to this site, I am more than happy for you to link to this site - preferably the 'home' page (index.htm). You are welcome to use the logo (left) as the link icon if you wish.
Some of these links can be a bit erratic and are not always available. If you find a link does not work please let me know. I will re-try over a few weeks after which I will delete the link. Many thanks for your help.

Transport; getting there and getting around

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How to get thereStop and browse some of these sites. Please email me if you find any of these links don't work
Netguide's how to get to the Isle of Wight
Island line rail info
Electric trains make frequent trips between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin. The line used to use ancient 1928 London Underground stock; more up-to-date 1938 trains are now in use! The line still has a lot of character and some great scenery.
Information on the major local bus company. Many routes have a frequent service and buses can be a convenient way of seeing the Island. The view from the top deck beats the car and you can stop for a drink in one of the local pubs!
Southern Vectis bus site.
A must for anyone interested in the Island's buses. Mike Ginger has compiled a comprehensive collection of facts & photos on the Island's buses.
Southern Vectis website
Information on the major local bus company. Many routes have a frequent service and buses can be a convenient way of seeing the Island. The view from the top deck beats the car and you can stop for a drink in one of the local pubs! Site contains timetables for the main routes. There are also two galleries containing pictures of the buses old & new
Public Transport information
UK transport info. Details of times, costs and routes to the Island as well as local information.
Red Funnel
Red Funnel's big guide to the island
Transport systems in the Isle of Wight
A review of Island transport
The Alpha Group
Transport hire
Dorset Belles
Enjoy a cruise from Yarmouth to Bournemouth Pier in style!
Public transport coach talk
Wight railway discussion group
Yahoo group with discussion of Wight railways

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Steam railway - updated September 2002
The Isle of Wight steam railway runs from Smallbrook Jct.. to Wootton. Connections can be made with the electric island trains at Smallbrook (with a special rover ticket Island Liner rate allowing you to use both systems). There is a large car park at Havenstreet, the main station on the line. Many trains and carriages were used on the island during steam days.
Blackgang Chine theme park
Botanic gardens
Guide to the Botanic Gardens situated one mile Southwest of Ventnor. Entrance is free (there is a charge for parking)
Wight Mouse Inn - updated November 2002
Wight mouse inn: Good food, 100 whiskeys and lots of real ale. Get there early as it can get very crowded
IOW Military History Museum
The island has an interesting military history. Read all about it!
Spitbank Fort - new September 2002
Find out about the strange forts you pass in the Solent on each trip

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Geology, Geography & Archaeology

Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society
Wealden Group
Southampton University site: Lower Cretaceous Wealden Group of the Isle of Wight
Netguide's guide to the geography of the island.
Netguide's guide to the geology of the island.

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Local information & tourist centres

Local news indexed for the past year or so (from wightonline)
Isle of Wight Council.
Isle of Wight.Com - new December 2002
Information of all kinds - site includes messageboard.
Local Info - new November 2002
A collection of Isle of Wight links in a directory of geographically organised links. The database is fully searchable and can be searched by subject or location.
Hotels online
Online booking for Hotels in and around the Isle of Wight
A to Z
Wightonline A to Z index. Lots of useful information.
Ventnor Holiday Villas
Enjoy superb sea views from these villas on the cliff at Ventnor.
Isle of Wight tourism
Family history society
Trace your family history
Isle of Wight County Records office
Records office - more information to help you research your family history
Places of interestThe IW Nostalgia site is proud to be in the Isle of Wight Index
Isle of Wight places of interest association
Wightonline general information page
Holiday directory
Isle of Wight holiday directory
Flat for rent in Ventnor
Looking for accommodation in Ventnor?
Guest house in Niton
Spring Vale - peaceful looking guest house in the Undercliff
Cowes accomodation - new July 2002
Holiday accommodation in Cowes.

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Other interesting sites

Let me have any links to other interesting personal pages and I'll include them here
Victorian photographs - new January 2004
Victorian Photographs (mainly of ventnor).
Godshill School - new January 2004
Memories of Godshill Primary School.
Save Ryde Pier! - new January 2004
Ryde Pier is under attack!
More great photographs - new January 2004
Simon Kinsey's tribute to the Island
Ventnor holiday accommodation - new January 2004
Holidays in Ventnor - accommodation
Dinosaurs - new January 2004
DinoWight. A complete list of all the dinosaurs, and includes information for both fossil hunters and those that are just generally interested.
Shopping - new January 2004
A shopping website aimed at IW residents.
Ryde - new January 2004
A Ryde website
Videos for sale - new January 2004
Videos of Island railways, boats, etc.
Isle of Wight Real Ale - new February 2003
The website of the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Isle of Wight antiques - new January 2003
For sale: IOW books (usually 100+ at any time), postcards, crested china, engravings & ephemera etc.
The RAF at Ventnor - new January 2003
Don Adams is developing this site about the RAF at Ventnor.
Isle of Wight Pictures
Photographs of the Island.
Bus & coach site
Visit the Isle of Wight bus and coach site.
Days gone by
Nostalgia from this Newport shop.
I-O-W Rock'Roll society
Pages from the I-O-W Rock'n'Roll society.
Wight Air Wrecks
This site compliments Andy Gilliam's recent book of the same name (see book page).
Isle of Wight history
The Isle of Wight History Centre site
Whitecroft Residents
Whitecroft Residents' Association site established in support of campaign to save buildings and environment at Whitecroft from inappropriate development.
Sandown Battery Gardens
Find out about Sandown Battery Gardens before World War one
Marilyn's Poetry - new April 2002
Poetry by Marilyn Lambert about an Island childhood
Stereo photographs
Stereo photographs of the Island - you need to construct a simple viewer to get superb 3D views of a byegone Island.
Old photographs from 1910
Some rare views of the Island after the turn of the Century (the last Century that is!).
A website devoted to ferries
Nostalgia quiz
Hangman, Crosswords and other games based around the theme of British nostalgia
Jerone Smith has created a resource for wargaming fans across the island
Wight Sax Ensemble
Wight Sax Ensemble - Saxophone group based in Gurnard on the Isle of Wight Book your hotel online with KLM - they claim to guarantee lowest cost!
All Wight On Line
Photographs of the island categorised by town.
Nettlestone Primary School
This Island school is now on the internet!
Horse Sand Fort
Pictures of the fort
Morris Minors
Isle of Wight Morris Minor Owners Club
Sandown Grammar School
The "class of '49" - but the content will expand with the interest of contributors!
Oasis, one of the most unusual shops on the Island - Oasis is almost reaching the status of an island attraction!
Wight Info site
The answers to all your Wight questions? Find out here.
Old postcards
Enjoy these IW postcards
Sally's riding online
Sally's Riding is based in Bembridge, Isle of Wight. See her website, which contains some puzzles for kids to do in the car on the way to the IOW.
Badger's Heritage
An artist who specialises in pen and ink drawings of property and local scenes has added a series of pictures of the Isle of Wight.
When I'm sixty-four
Did you know the Beatles mentioned the Island in their famous song? Check it out.
The Loft Bar
Ryde's cool bar - Union Street, Ryde
Isle of Wight Rock
A great site featuring Rock on the Island - check out the latest gigs and info on Island bands.
Barber Shop
More than just an advert for a haircut. This Cowes shop has a long history.
The Isle of Wight Photo gallery
Loads of Island photos
A site dedicated to the memory of Julia Margaret Cameron.
Coastal landmarks.
A site intended for seafarers - it contains many landmarks to encourage you to drop anchor and visit. There are a number of Island landmarks and more are planned.
Hovercraft history.
This site has lots of information on the history of the hovercraft - built and invented on the island.
Bird watching.
The Island is home to some rare breeds of bird. This site is a 'must' for all bird fanciers. The site has been updated and now contains more general Island picture galleries.
Munford family
Ben Munford presents a family page with links to the Island.
Online estate agent
Cut the cost of moving to the Island with this Island-based estate agency service.
British Piers
The author has started to put together a very professional looking site which will eventually cover a large number of piers. Watch this space!
Truleigh Hill
Truleigh Hill is in Sussex but this site describes the Radar network of which the Island played a vital part during and after WW2.
The Worsley Family
A page dedicated to the Worsley family - a family which has influenced the Island.
Island Guide
A new Island guide
Lord Beaver of Newport
Website of Lord & Lady Beaver of Newport. - not sure if this site is still available - I'll delete it from this list if it doesn't respond soon!
Godshill Church - new November 2002
All Saints, Godshill, 'the Church of the Lily Cross', the most visited and photographed church on the Isle of Wight, now has its own website. This site is tourist orientated, designed to give potential visitors a taste of the church.
Isle of Wight churches.
Information from the Island's Churches and lots of local links.
Island Darts
Isle of Wight county darts association. Details of squads, super league, honours and links to other darts sites.
Barry Cant's homepage.
This site contains a brief history of the Island and Newport, the capital in particular. The site also covers the Isle of Wight CB radio DX group.
IOW writers circle. - updated February 2002
The Isle of Wight writers guild was formed in 1944, and has now expanded to the internet. Find stories, poetry and more written by Islanders.
Classic sailing
The Ratsey & Lapthorn story - a small selection of photo's etc. from the book
Cowes railway station
Pictures of Cowes railway station in the Summer of 1970, some four years after closure, by Chris Bearman
History of Island pubs
Reviews of some great new books - makes thirsty reading!
Rollz & Elsie and Rollz us art - updated November 2002
Artists from Cowes - art & poetry exhibition - includes IW paintings
Old postcards (may not be available)
Old postcard views of the island
Historic postcards
Professionally presented site containing a collection of postcards
More photo's and ariel views of the island
Air wrecks
Air crashes on the Island - soon to be a book
Flat for rent in Ventnor
Looking for accommodation in Ventnor?
Peter Churchman's home page
Links to Island and related sites

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Towns & Villages

Brading - new November 2002
Steve Brooks' photos of Brading
Newchurch - new April 2002
A site about the parish of Newchurch
Hampshire & Isle of Wight villages
Over 300 village histories, church histories, village photographs, and useful information for genealogy, plus lots of links to other useful sites.
St Lawrence
St. Lawrence: 2 miles Southwest of Ventnor.
Village guide
Netguide's guide to towns & villages of the island

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