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. If you wish to repost or reuse them would you please out of courtesy let me know.

A water colour of Shalfleet village by A. Heaton Cooper, published in 1916 but painted before that (the church still had it's steeple which was removed around 1912). It is somewhat different now, the road is wider although still single track with traffic lights at each end of the of the centre of the village.  

The name Shalfleet is Anglo-Saxon and means 'shallow creek' as there is a stream (the Caul Bourne) running through the centre of the village and then into Newtown Creek. The first record of the name (as Aet Scealdan Fleote) was in the year 838. At the time of the Domesday book in 1086 it was called Selceeflet.   Shalfleet was described in an 1870 guide book (Blacks) as being 'not too lively' and probably hasn't changed in that respect!

The Four cards of Shalfleet Village below are pre 1912, as the steeple was demolished in 1912, although it is not possible to date them exactly,.

An undated Peacock Series Card.

Postmarked 1912.

A rather crude, undated card

Undated card, no manufacturer given.

Some later cards

A photo of Shalfleet in 1929.

Shalfleet village, around 1930. (Sweetman)

Shalfleet Village showing Grays Stores

Shalfleet Village 1950

Shalfleet Village looking east showing Grays Stores, 1936.

Shalfleet village about 1955. (Frith)

Shalfleet 1950's

new Inn interior 1936

Another card from a the 50's , the New Inn is on left. (Bay Series)

A reproduction card from around 1980 showing the fireplace at the 

New Inn, Shalfleet. he writing to the right reads '17th century fire place uncovered at New Inn Shalfleet IoW 1936'

 Shalfleet Mill

Shalfleet Mill Stream

Shalfleet Mill, about 1910 (Peacock)

Shalfleet Mill Stream, about 1910.

Shalfleet Church

Shalfleet Creek 

Around Shalfleet

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10 May 2015