View at Newtown, Isle of Wight
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Newtown in the Isle of Wight. Newtown is situated on Newtown Creek the north west coast of the island. It was the most ancient borough in the Island and was known as Francheville which meant ‘town holding its lands and tenements at a fixed rent and free from obligations to the Lord’. It is thought that Aymer de Valanee, Bishop Elect of Winchester founded the town in the 13th century and it was originally laid out in a grid pattern which created seventy three plots of land, each of which was rented for 1 shilling a year. Newport became a busy and important port and for a time in the 14th and 15th centuries was larger than the capital of the island, Newport.