Place:Isle of Wight, England

NameIsle of Wight
Alt namesI of Wsource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xvii
Ictissource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 128
IoWsource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002
Vectissource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 128
Isle Wight
TypeAdministrative county, Modern county
Coordinates50.633°N 1.333°W
Located inEngland
See alsoHampshire, EnglandCounty of which Isle of Wight was part of until 1890
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The Isle of Wight , known to the ancient Romans as Vectis, is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel, on average about off the coast of Hampshire, separated from Great Britain (referred to by its residents as "the Mainland") by a strait called the Solent. It has the distinction of being England's smallest county during high tide, while Rutland is the smallest when Wight is at low tide . The island has several resorts which have been holiday destinations since Victorian times.

Its history includes a brief status as an independent kingdom in the 15th century. Until 1995, like Jersey and Guernsey, the island had a Governor.

Home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes, the island has a maritime and industrial tradition such as boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the world's first hovercraft and the testing and development of Britain's space rockets. The Isle hosts annual festivals including the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival, Bestival and the recently revived Isle of Wight Festival, which, in 1970, was the largest rock music event ever held. The island has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

The Isle of Wight was part of Hampshire until 1890 when it became an independent administrative county. Until 1974 it continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire when it was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan ceremonial county which gives its own Lord Lieutenant and recognised as a postal county.

Its quickest access from Great Britain is from Southsea (Portsmouth) by hovercraft, while four main ferries shuttle across the Solent.

History of the Isle of Wight

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