The Tennyson Monument unveiled
Monument unveiled | 1892 | Period: Victorian
The Victorian Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, lived, with his wife Emily, at Farringford in Bedbury Lane.
Visitors included many of the most illustrious names of Victorian Britain. The couple rented the house close to Freshwater Bay in 1853 and bought it in 1858.
The Charge of the Light Brigade and other famous poems were inspired by the magnificent scenery the poet enjoyed as he walked on the down, often with friends, and in all weathers. He famously said: "The air is worth sixpence a pint."
The Tennyson Monument, a marble Celtic cross, was erected after the poet's death in 1892, on the highest point of Tennyson Down, a long chalk ridge with sheer cliffs on its south side.
Also in this Period:
- Queen Victoria Dies
- Marconi experiments with radio waves
- The Tennyson Monument unveiled
- Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest opens
- Julia Margaret Cameron takes first photo's at Dimbola
- Cowes and Newport join the railway age
- Needles Old Battery built
- New Needles lighthouse planned
- Sailing race around the Isle of Wight won by America
- Charles Dickens writes David Copperfield
- Victoria and Albert buy Osborne House
- UK's first theme park opens at Blackgang Chine
- Work starts on St. Catherine's lighthouse
- Algernon Charles Swinburne