The Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and the Solent: A Cultural History

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The Isle of Wight is England's largest island, but its diamond-shape is at most 23 miles long and 13 miles wide. Anchored close to the Hampshire coast, its location has created a sheltered waterway, the Solent, with its own local roadsteads and a unique double tidal system. This geography has shaped the area's history. Southampton's docks, located on Southampton Water to the north-west, had become the country's largest civilian port by the mid-twentieth century. Just north-east across the stretch of water called Spithead is ...

The Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and the Solent: A Cultural History 2012, Signal Books Ltd, Oxford

ISBN-13: 9781908493071

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