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The Needles, From Scratchell's Bay

The Needles, From Scratchell's Bay

Photographer: Good, Frank Mason

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: 10360.dd.12

Item number: 12

Length: 9.7

Width: 14.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"A writer, referring to the Needles, very justly says:- 'From the chalky nature of this remarkable group of rocks, and of the coast of the island from which they have been detached, continual changes are taking place in their form and disposition. In some places the sea has eaten through them, and formed large and irregular archways; in others, it has so washed away their sides, that they look rather like walls than solid rocks; while deep caverns have been formed in the cliffs which fall in from time to time, and gradually diminish the island in that direction.'

Old records of Wight, by the way, teem with statements of the abundance of wild fowl in this part of the isle.

The Needles are now as unlike needles as they well can be, for they are almost as broad at their summits as their bases. But an engraving made even so late as 1832-1840, gives the whole range a distinctly pointed character."

Text by James Redding Ware.

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