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Fine Mansions and Fair Villas

The Island has for many centuries been an attractive place for the wealthy to construct fine residencies. Many are still occupied, but perhaps a greater number have been lost due to changing fashions and fortunes. Compiled by Robin McInnes with support from members of local heritage societies 'Fine Mansions and Fair Villas' provides a visual chronological database of residencies illustrating the range of architectural styles to be found in the Down to the Coast landscape. The project concluded with an exhibition of historic and contemporary illustrations and photographs held at Bembridge Sailing Club in May 2017.

Copies of the project report and illustrated booklet can be downloaded by clicking here.

Appuldurcombe House by George Brannon, 1840