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Historic maps of Lake and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Lake maps
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Memories of Lake
Lake Isle of Wight
I was first taken to the IOW at nine months old in 1946, we stayed in Alfred Road, Lake, with Auntie & Uncle Gerring, (no relation), we continued to holiday there for 18 years. Mum & dad booked a beach hut at Lake Beach from Hinks & Sons, where days were spent on the sands & in the sea. We got to know the Hinks family, Uncle Ted & Auntie Ena, Uncles Bert & Bill. Unfortunately the yellow painted beach huts are no longer there. Lake had many small shops, I think the bakers was called Nutters originally, Drapers the greengrocer, where we got a lovely welcome each time. We always felt we were arriving at our second home when we walked up to the door at Alfred Road & never wanted to leave. They were such happy times spent with Auntie & Uncle Gerring. Have had many holidays elsewhere on the Island since, even though Lake has changed I still have photographs & wonderful memories of those family holidays spent... Read more
Isle of Wight memories
Sandown Minature Railway
I was in the kindergarten at Carisbrooke Convent when we had a day trip to the zoo. I remember after visiting the animals and eating the peanuts we had bought for the monkeys, we went to a play ground and those of us with a sixpence(2.5p) could buy a ride on the train. It ran on an elevated track pulled by a small black painted tender locomotive, and ran for about 80 yards in a straight line,then reversed and pulled you back again.The grass was quite long and brushed your feet at the end of the line.The driver seemed to run the show on his own, collecting the fares. I only had 4d and had to watch my friends enjoying themselves.
Many of my childhood summer holidays were spent at Sandown. We usually stayed at Mrs. Woodnutt's hotel in Carter Street. Mr. Woodnutt hired out the deck chairs on Sandown Beach. He also kept ferrets and I was allowed to go and help him look after them. One of our family's favourite places was the miniature golf course pictured. It was called Brown's as was the canoe lake next door. Browns made the most delicious ice cream, very welcome after following the grown-ups around the pitch and putt course. Oh the joy when I was deemed old enough to have a putter, ball and score card of my own!
Sandown Youth Hostel
It was 1969 and I had just come down from Manchester and was staying once more in my family home in Hatch End. My parents suggested that I took my younger brother away for a break following his "O" Levels so we set off for a youth hostelling trip to the Isle of Wight.
A ferry crossing from Portsmouth was followed by a ride on the "new" trains on the island. In fact these were former London Transport tubes so it was something of a surreal experience to rattle through the island's countryside in a blue painted tube carriage! We decided to stay in Sandown that August and had a great time enjoying the sunny weather on the beach and also walking around exploring for three or four days. I have not returned to the island since 1969 but still remember what a lovely time we had so I hope to return before too long. Maybe next time I shall be taking my granddaughter Anna... Read more
My Great Grandparents Honeymoon C.1890
Please can somebody tell me what the building is with the sign on the top of the wall? I have a honeymoon photo of my great grandparents taken on a horse and coach around 1890. The sign says .....ish's Family Hotel. The first part of the sign is obscured. I'd love to know if that is the same building some twenty years later, and where it is - if it still stands.
Lower Hyde Farm
I can remember staying in a caravan at Lower Hyde farm, we used to go there lots when I was a kid in the 1960s. I can still remember staying there when England won the World Cup, not that it meant a lot to me then! I remember mum sending dad over to the clubhouse to watch the match... Coming from East London it really felt like we were in the country, it was lovely. I took my own kids back to this site about 15 years ago, it was unrecognisable to me (and my mum) it had been taken over by some large 'Haven' type Company... We used to have some lovely holidays in Shanklin. We also stayed at Fawleys guest house in Hope rRoad, didn't enjoy that as much as the caravan though. Mum did as it meant no cooking for a fortnight:)
Lower Hyde Farm in 1966
I too stayed at Lower Hyde Farm on many occasions as a child and remember arriving on the day of the 19966 World Cup final. We listened to the match on another passenger's transistor radio, standing in the guards's van on the Ryde to Shanklin train. In those days it was still a steamer before the tube trains arrived. Usually, when we arrived at Shanklin locals would be out with sack barrows offering to take your baggage to your guest house/cravan site etc. Like you I returned as an adult on a trip and couldn't recognise the site although the chine and the beach were pretty much as was.