In 2017 we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the opening of Shanklin Chine, one of the oldest attractions on the Isle of Wight. To mark this milestone occasion we have produced a full coloured hard back and soft back book giving a fascinating and detailed insight into the history of the Chine and what makes this attraction so unique.
Shanklin Chine, was first opened by William Colenutt in 1817 when he cut a path and steps from Fisherman’s Cottage, past a series of waterfalls, to connect with the Old Village. The Chine has retained its natural character and is a haven for an extraordinary range of wildlife species.
During the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Chine attracted a remarkable number of artists, writers, poets and other famous visitors who were drawn to its dramatic scenery. Their interest in the Chine’s geology, natural environment and history continues to this day. In the twentieth century the Chine played a vital role during World War II when it was used as a training ground by 40 Royal Marine Commando in preparation for the Dieppe Raid. The Chine also fulfilled an important role as the route for PLUTO (Pipeline Under the Ocean), which supplied fuel to the Normandy beaches, a section of the pipe still exists in the Chine today.
After the Introduction to the book the chapters follow a logical sequence including: Chapter 1: Formation and Evolution of the Chine; Chapter 2: Early Shanklin and Opening of the Chine; Chapter 3: The Discovery of Shanklin Chine – Its Artistic and Literary Heritage; Chapter 4: Shanklin Chine – Its Wartime Role; Chapter 5: Natural Environment of the Chine and Chapter 6: Shanklin Chine Today. Extending to 144 pages and with a page size of approximately 240x175mm this book is extensively illustrated throughout in full colour.