East Cowes

Isle of Wight

Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them.

Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The maker of the card is shown in brackets (where available).

All pictures on this page are from my own collection, but are not my copyright. Copy If you wish, but if you repost or reuse them would you please out of courtesy let me know.

Arial view of East Cowes

cowes harbour entrance from east cowes

An aerial view of the east side of Cowes harbour, showing the 

Red Funnel terminal at East Cowes with the British Hovercraft 

Corporation work behind it. Note the hovercraft on the apron and 

near the terminal. Probably  from about 1970. (Collis)

East Cowes Green and Paddling Pool, with the Breakwater 

and West Cowes in the background. (Dean)

River Medina from East Cowes

St James Church, East Cowes

Another view from East Cowes across the Medina Estuary, undated.

St James Church, East Cowes around 1905. (Stengel)

The Convent of the Holy Cross, East Cowes.

Norris Castle from the sea

The Convent of the Holy Cross, East Cowes. (Dixon)

Norris Castle, East Cowes from the sea, 1904 

It has now been converted to a private house. (J W Stuart)

Norris Castle

Frank James Hospital, East Cowes

Norris Castle, again taken during the early part of the century.

Frank James Cottage Hospital, East Cowes dated 1929. Like many similar hospitals this has now closed and the site being redeveloped.

Folly Inn

Medway Queen


The Folly Inn, further along the Medina towards Newport, in 

the 1960's. There is now a pontoon for visiting yachtsmen. (Dixon)

The Medway Queen pictured at Island harbour around 1966, at this time it was used as a night club.

Shell House, East Cowes

East Cowes Shell House (2)

Finally, a bit of a novelty. For many years there was a shell house at East Cowes. This was described as ' the work of the late Mr. Frederick Attrill, who passed to his last rest towards the end of the year, 1926 at the age of 88 years. He was still at work on his shells up till a few weeks of his death. There is over 200 feet of shells, the largest number of which were collected at Woodside, Wootton, I.W., about 4 miles from East Cowes. Several thousands of shells are used in its construction, as well as many choice ornaments collected and sent from all parts of the world, and the various colours blending together, make the work one of dazzling beauty. It has taken Mr Attrill ten years of continuous work'.  (Both White)

Osborne House

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4 August 2013