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Bradshaw’s Guide

The green, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. Taken between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900. Original: Library of Congress

West Cowes

Cowes, five miles from Newport. An immense quantity of shipping call off here annually, from all parts of the globe, for orders from their owners or consignees, as to the destination of their cargoes; and in the winter months fleets of merchantmen of all nations rendezvous here weatherbound.

It lies at the mouth of the Medina and is a stirring port, noted for its shipbuilding (especially at White’s yard), and yachting. There is deep water here; the Royal Yacht Club hold their regatta in August. Handsome Club house, Old castle, built by Henry VIII., from which Cowes derives its name. Dr. Arnold was a native of Cowes. There is a ferry to East Cowes, across the Medina, beyond which Norris Castle and Osborne House are visible. Sailing boats 2s. per hour.

On the beach are bathing machines, and it is much visited by fashionable company.

Distances of Places from Cowes
To: Miles.
Barton 2
East Cowes ¾
East Cowes Castle Earl of Shannon.
Egypt 1
Gurnet Farm 1
King’s Key 3
Northwood House Now a School. ½
West Cowes House ¼
Yacht Club House ½

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Places nearby

  • Hampshire : Netley Abbey

    Remains of the church, chapter-house, refectory, &c., exist, all picturesquely wound with ivy or overshadowed with ash and other trees.

  • Hampshire : Portsmouth

    Portsmouth, the first naval port in the British Islands, 75 miles, from London by the South Western Line or 95 by way of the Brighton and South Coast Line.

  • Hampshire : Southampton

    The station, which is close to the quay, and has a commanding position on the banks of the Southampton Water, is admirably adapted for the convenience of passengers.