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Gurnard Cliff

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‘Proceeding onward, we arrived at the stone quarries, as they are termed ; but the sea, by its incessant attacks, does more towards loosening the stones than the labours of the workmen. All along the shore runs a vein of very durable stone, a part of which the waves, almost every tide, bring down. The scene here is totally different from most of the other parts of the coast, forming noble masses of true rock ... The works at Portsmouth are constructed of the stone from hence. When the weather permits, three or four sloops generally lie in the bay, in order to load with it. Its coat is proof against the unremitting attacks of time, or of the weather. The surface of it is much firmer than that brought from Portland or Purbeck; and it is held in higher estimation by the inhabitants of this island, who construct most of their dwelling houses with it.’ -John Hassell, Tour of the Isle of Wight (1790)
The Cliff (Clift) at Gurnard (Gurner, Gurnet) was a quarry, farm, and small estate in Northwood parish, and was a detached portion of the Isle of Wight Estates. It was surveyed by John Whitcher in 1817. It was probably part of the Estate's greater property at Gurnard that in earlier times included lands called Broadfields and the Heath[1]. In 1751, it was described as 'a small estate called the Clift'.

It is mentioned in the Estate accounts for 1762[2].

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  • George Ward Esq. of Northwood Park (1817)


  1. Inquisition post mortem held at Winchester on the death of Thomas Fleming, 28 Mar 1639, NA C.142 586/118
  2. Disbursements of the Fleming Estate, 1762
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