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Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: 10360.dd.12

Item number: 133

Length: 9.7

Width: 14.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Bonchurch contains within its limits a greater variety of scenery than is to be found anywhere else in a similar expanse over the whole island. The sublime and the picturesque are combined here in the most striking manner. Here is an immense wall of chalk - at its foot a crowded dell of flowers. On this side is the slope of a sward dipping to the beach; on the other the steep ascent of St. Boniface Down. The entrance to the village, whether from east or west, is beyond description most lovely, and if the visit be well-timed, the surface of the Bonchurch pool will be dotted with the broad leaves and white flowers of the water lily. But whatever bit of scenery the eye falls on, the least turn presents the friendly towering cliff-wall - the winter shore, so to speak, of the Undercliff."

Text by James Redding Ware.

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