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Sir James Clark writing in 1841

"Nothing along the south coast will bear a comparison with it"

 

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Britton in 1804

"The hamlet of Ventnor, formed by a range of neat cottages, chiefly inhabited by fishermen, open to the sea in front, and backed by woods and the high downs of St. Boniface"

 

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Sir Henry Englefield in 1816

"A fine spring rises at Ventnor, and after a short course, turns a mill, and then falls into the sea by a succession of cascades"

 

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Cuthbert Bede

"A medley of every possible known and unknown order of architecture strewn on the rocky slope of the amphitheatre - Breakneck precipices and zig zag roads at every alarming angle of declivity intercept the labyrinth of houses, which stand (to all appearance) on each other's heads - Higgledy-piggledy is decidedly the plan upon which Ventnor has been built; and it must be confessed that the general effect is successful in a picturesque point of view"

 

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Nelson's Handbook 1877

"It will always remain one of the most charming and favoured health resorts in the south of England. Its situation cannot easily be surpassed"

 

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Ward Lock Guide 1931

"In fact, Ventnor is a sun-box, and the east and north winds would have to confess that they have not even a visiting acquaintance with her"