The Print: The Town Of West Cowes c1857
Overal Image information:
The scene depicts a foreshore illustration having been drawn from a seaward aspect around 100mts offshore from the Royal Yacht Squadron, which can be seen on the right of the image situated in the older 'West Cow' Fort as built by Henry VIII. The defensive castellation's complete with canon interspersed can be clearly seen.
Royal Yacht Squadron (West Cow Fort)
The parade depicted still has several recognisable buildings which can be idetified if you look closely at todays parade. To the far left on the East Bank of the river Medina we can see what is most probably East Cowes Castle built by the famous architect John Nash.
East Cowes Castle
As you work up the back of the hill on the West Cowes side, we can see the two windmills, the one at the top is that of Mill Hill Road windmill c1700; however the one that looks like the base of windmill is known and the 'Kelleway' windmill it had a vry short milling life and somewhat of a chequred history. To discover more of this interesting saga you will need to read Rob Martins report of Alan Strouds very interesting research which cna be found on the resources tab.
The large house on top of the hill to the far right is Northwood House and the large tower to the left is that of St Mary's Church of England Church in Church Road.