Twelve things you
probably didn't know about the Isle of Wight
1. When the dinosaurs
lived here it had a tropical climate and was joined to the Mainland
2. Before the Romans
arrived and called it 'Vectis' a Celtic clan lived here called the
3.It is said that the
Isle of Wight is England's smallest county until the tide goes out, then
Rutland is the smallest county.
4. There is evidence of
five Roman villas on the Island. One below the sea at Gurnard
5.The Isle of Wight
became the last part of England to become Christian. It is said that the
last missionary was eaten at a hamlet called Marks Corner, but the
population was massacred and replaced by Christians in AD 686 according
6 Nammits are eaten by
caulkheads anywhen, and overners arrive from the North Island in grockle-cans
watched by the nippers.
7.The Island has had
its own flag officially since January
Charles 1 was imprisoned in Carisbrooke
Castle until taken to
London to be beheaded in 1641. The King had originally intended to flee
to Jersey, but became lost in the New Forest and missed the boat.
world's first radio station was set up by Marconi,
squirrels are flourishing on the island and there are no grey squirrels.
Bob Dylan recorded
live on the Isle of Wight the songs for the album Self
a Rolling Stone", "Quinn
the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)",
"Minstrel Boy", and "She
Belongs to Me"
The Yarmouth pier,
the only pier in the country totally constructed of wood with metal
fastenings, is being attacked by dribbles.