Norris Castle is a most conspicuous feature in the coast view of this part of the Island, may be approached either by road or by a walk along the shore; the latter, of course, should be adopted only when the tide is favourable. Sir J Wyattville (then Mr Wyatt) erected this singular structure for the late Lord Henry Seymour, who took much pride in it, and evidently received pleasure from the visits of strangers to his domain. As a specimen of the defensive architecture of the age which it affects, it certainly offers fewer incongruities than East Cowes Castle; yet, as a whole, it is infinitely less pleasing to the eye, as well as less elegant than that edifice. The deception as to its apparent antiquity, however, is complete to those unacquainted with the details of an ancient English castle; and numbers who might first see Norris from the deck of a steam-boat, would be readily impressed with the idea that centuries had elapsed since the period of erection. The grounds attached are open to inspection of the public and will repay the exertion of a stroll through them.
The Stables, which are on a princely scale, the Pier, Bathing-House and Sea-walls, all erections of the late noble owner, merit at least passing attention from the visitor.
Source: Barber’s Picturesque Illustrations of the Isle of Wight. Simpkin & Marshall. London. 1845This page was last edited on: 4th March, 2015 06:16:17