Descriptive gazetteer entries

These other entries in our collection of descriptive gazetteers are also about the Isle of Wight. You may be able to find further references to the Isle of Wight in the descriptive gazetteers by doing a full-text search here.

Place Type of entry Source
Isle of Wight Bartholomew
WIGHT (Isle of) an island Imperial
WIGHT (Isle of) RAILWAY a railway Imperial

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to the Isle of Wight within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
William Camden Wiltshire and Hampshire 22
Daniel Defoe Letter 3, Part 3: From Exeter to Land's End 4
William Cobbett Oct. 7th Oct to Nov. 30th, 1822: Hampshire, Surrey, and Sussex 3
John Wesley 1785-90: Collects Money for the Poor; Visits House of Lords; Reasons for his Long Life 3
Daniel Defoe Letter 3, Part 2: Salisbury and Dorset 2
Gerald of Wales Book II, Ch. 7: Anglesey 1
William Camden The Division of Britaine 1
William Camden Nottinghamshire, Derby and Warwick 1
William Cobbett July 30th to Aug. 2nd, 1823: Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire 1
William Cobbett Aug. 5th to 10th, 1823: Hampshire and Surrey 1
William Cobbett Oct. 11th to 16th, 1826: Burghclere to Lyndhurst 1
William Cobbett Oct. 18th, 1826: Lyndhurst to Godalming 1
William Cobbett Oct. 18th to 26th, 1826: Weston to Kensington 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 13, Part 2: Dundee, Aberdeen and the Highlands 1
Celia Fiennes Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Chichester 1
Celia Fiennes Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 1
Celia Fiennes 1698 Tour: Lands End to Winchester 1
Robert Gammage Hampshire, Lancashire, and final reflections 1
William Gilpin Monmouth to Llandovery 1
John Wesley 1737-8: Troubles in Georgia; Return to England 1
Karl Moritz Chapter 7: St. Paul's Cathedral 1

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Marwell 0 2
Blackwater 0 2
Shide 0 1
Clatterford 0 2
Gatcombe 0 4
Chillerton 0 2
Rookley 0 2
Carisbrooke 6 4
Bowcombe 0 2
Barton 0 1
Newport 10 2
Arreton 0 3
Parkhurst 0 2
Godshill 1 2
Shorwell 0 2
Kingston 0 3
Swainston 0 2
Whippingham 0 2
Lemerston 0 2
Medina 0 2