Shanklin, The Pier c.1955
Photo ref: S104062
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The Isle of Wight has been amongst the unluckiest areas for piers, with only four of its original structures now standing. Shanklin endured from 1890 to 1993; it would probably have been here today, had it not suffered severe damage from the hurricane which devastated southern England on 16 October 1987.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

A Selection of Memories from Shanklin

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Shanklin

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I lived in the house called Abbotsford in about 1934 which to this day, stands by the side of the America Woods. Once a year, the scouts would camp in the field at the back of the house. I spent many happy times playing in those woods, especially with my two brothers before they joined the army. They knocked nails into the trunk of the tree to enable us to climb up and we also carved out names into the trunk.( I wonder ...see more
I remember Lower Hyde Farm holidays with great affection. Went approx five times in the 60S and always had a great time. Evening entertainment was in 'the club' where host Bob would expertly guide you through the evenings. A feature was the Russian Ballet where you kissed your partner at the end of the dance - a very daring thing for a 16 year old. Wonderful memories of a bygone age.
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.
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 ...see more