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Shankling Chine

Shankling Chine

Artist: Harraden, R. B.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 39.b

Length: 30

Width: 43

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Shanklin Chine in the south east of the Isle of Wight. 'Chine' is a word of Saxon origin and is now used only in the Isle of Wight and Dorset. It means a deep narrow ravine that leads to the sea, which was formed by water cutting through soft sandstone. The island has a number of Chines, the largest being at Blackgang. Shanklin’s ravine is very dramatic and falls 150 feet in just a quarter of a mile. The Saxon name for this area was Scenc-hlinc, which means 'cup in the rising ground’, and when the Domesday Book was written in the 11th Century it was known as Sencling which meant ‘hill with a spring’.

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