Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017
The manager and Lady of the Manor of Shanklin Chine, Anne Springman along with Prof Robin McInnes who is Island geologist and coastal scientist have jointly co-authored a new book to celebrate the anniversary of this 200 year old attraction.
The book has lot of drawings and photographs and it outlines the past of this place from the time of its formation till present day scenario. The town was formed by a stream which appears high in the downs. However, this stream wasn’t opened to the public until 1817. The then Lady of the Manor gave orders to dig and create pathways and steps from the shoreline through the gorge, waterfalls and then entering the Old Village.
It has been found that Shanklin Chine lured large number of travelers during 18th and 19th centuries who were poets, artists, writers and famous personalities. In the 20th century, the place became a training ground accommodating 40 Royal Marine Commandoes, playing a significant role during the Second World War. Additionally, Chine worked as a route for the well-known PLUTO project.
To quote Anne, ‘The chine’s history embraces every aspect of life and I hope and believe every one of us involved in its evolution has felt enriched by its magic.’
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