THE SOUND OF SAWING and scattered branches on the roadside made me realise that forestry men were at work. Some rather poor specimens of elm trees were being cut down.
HASELEY is one of the Island's forgotten manors. Lying to the north-east of the main road between Arreton and Horringford, not far from Newchurch, it is in the most fertile part of the Arreton valley, watered by the Eastern Yar and sheltered by Arreton, Mersley and Ashey Downs.
SCONCE POINT is about two miles west of Yarmouth and is named for an old defence built there by order of an ex-island governor called Carey. In the year 1857, on this site was erected Fort Victoria. Built in the shape of a redan, it was armed with muzzle-loading guns, the whole of the building being surrounded by a water-moat.
AN EXCITED GROUP OF PEOPLE was gathered outside the venerable church of St Mary and St Radegund, in the hamlet of Whitwell. It was mid-summer in the year 1805. Most of the people were ladies, because a wedding was being solemnized in the old church, the contracting parties belonging to two well-known families in Whitwell and the adjacent village of Niton.
When we walked into 'The Sloop' in Wootton Bridge, we realised that here was something a bit special. Since we had last visited the inn some years ago a great transformation had taken place, both in appearance and character.
Most people living on the Island have visited Broadlands House. It is the Island's centre for Government services, but I wonder how many, like myself, have wondered about its former use. What could have been the function of such a large rambling building as this?