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Scratchell's Bay

Scratchell's Bay

Photographer: Good, Frank Mason

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: 10360.dd.12

Item number: 175

Length: 9.7

Width: 14.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Of this beautiful spot Mantell says: - 'The pure white chalk of Scratchell's Bay is composed of lime and carbonic acid...The aspect of this bay is romantic in the extreme. In the face of the cliff, from the destruction of the lower beds of the bent strata, a magificent arch, 300 feet high, had been produced, and forms an alcove that overhangs the beach 150 feet.' The chalk forms parallel beds or strata, varying from two to five feet in thickness, which are commonly separated by layers of flint nodules, embedded at irregular distances from each other...No one should miss Scratchell's Bay. The clearness of the water here is marvellous, while the scene, as viewed from the back of the cave, and framed in by its height, is magnificent."

Text by James Redding Ware from his book 'The Isle of Wight'.

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