Ventnor From The Pier
Medium: Photographic print
"Ventnor 'has been most affected by the popularity of the Undercliff. Forty years ago it contained about half-a-dozen humble cottages, and until the publication of Sir James Clarke's work (on the Influence of Climate in the Prevention and Cure of Disease), its few inhabitants were nearly all fishermen...Ventnor at once caught the attention of the crowd of visitors; and it was one of the first places to provide them suitable accommodation. In the tiny fishing-hamlet soon sprang up hotels, and boarding-houses, and shops, and a church, and Ventnor became the capital of the Undercliff...' Such is Mr. Thorne's description of the rise of Ventnor."
"The Esplanade was formed in 1848 on the shore of Ventnor Cove, and is a favourite promenade."
Text from 'Norman May's guide to the Isle of Wight'.