About This Blog   4 comments

I have always been very passionate about Shanklin, or Shankers as I like to call it, and the Isle of Wight. There are some people who already know how wonderful it is, there are some people who are doing a really good job trying to promote it and there are others who have a very old memory of it from childhood holidays. Most people have lovely memories of the Island, but maybe they were a long time ago and they just remember it being old fashioned. Well I can tell you things sure have changed in just the last few years. There is a lot of young enthusiasm – maybe something that has been lacking before now – and with that has come great ideas and new energy (not the hippy kind). With wonderful produce and maybe  a little help from the changing climate fabulous restaurants, vineyards and producers have sprung up and everyone it talking about the Isle of Wight.
My blog is in no way trying to copy or take over excellent websites like Matt and Cat or My Destination Isle of Wight or any other of the great avenues out there for discovering the Island. It is more of an extension to our ‘Old Shanklin‘ website and our Guest Info folders, kind of a Guest Information online, and a bit of everything that Gareth and I like about Shanklin and the Island that makes our life here great. I also want to hear your views and your history living or visiting over the years. My opinionss on restaurants are usually quite biased in a way that I can usually find something good in it for someone. The Island doesn’t just cater for people like me, there is something for most people and if I really don’t like something you probably won’t see it here, on the same note we cannot go everywhere – we have rooms to clean, breakfast to serve and cakes to bake – but we do our best.

This blog is written with some assistance from my sister Penny Duggan, Editor and Historian. Penny is currently the Secretary of Bexley Historical Society and is working on a project for the anniversary of the clock tower with funding help from the National Lottery. She is also the Editor of a famous annual book publication that I’m not allowed to disclose because there is a risk that she might take bribes. The secrecy of the job is a bit of an ancient concept, but rather funny! Of course I get to make my suggestions. Not one has been taken up yet! Although Robert Thompson has been the only suggestion so far that made her think. Watch this space! She also has her own blog about local history in general including Shanklin, which will grow as time goes on.

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Posted February 12, 2012 by shanklinrocks

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  1. Hi, Just found your website while looking for history on the Daish Hotel in Shanklin. My ancestors – the Daish’s built the hotel in 1833 and many of my other ancestors lived in Shanklin during the 1800’s including the Prouten family who ran the Chine Inn for many years. Just wondering if you know of any websites that may be helpful for me to look at regarding history of the buildings and people and area around that time. Also looking to find people who maybe living in the area who are related to me through those ancestor surnames. Any Help would be great. I am in NZ. Thanks, Devon

    • Hi Devon,

      Sorry I have just seen your message! There is a Shanklin Historial Association http://shanklinhistory.webplus.net/
      I am not a member myself (my sister is and she doesn’t live on the Island!) but I understand they are very nice people and may be able to help you. There is very little information about the hotel. Unfortunately it is now owned by a coach holiday company, who take people to and from Shanklin, Dorset, Devon & Cornwall. Very much for the retired and infirm! It doesn’t have a great reputation and is such a shame, being such a beautiful hotel, but they haven’t spent any money on it for years. In my opinion it could be a great luxury hotel.

      The oldest family in Shanklin are those that own Shanklin Chine & the Fisherman’s Cottage. The Pophams/Springhams.

      The Chine Inn is still going. They tend to open when they feel like it! They are having quite a lot of work done at the moment, so maybe things are changing? I remember it very fondly from when I was a child. They have a glass extension on the side and used to have vines growing in it – above and around where you sat – they probably had to get rid of it for boring health and safety.

      Good luck with your search. If you need any further help that I can give please do contact me.
      Sarah

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