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Norris Castle, Isle of Wight

Historical Description

Norris Castle, a seat on the N coast of the Isle of Wight, 1 mile E by N of East Cowes. It was erected by Lord Henry Seymour, after designs by Wyatville; it gave entertainment in 1819 to George IV.; it was the occasional residence of the Duchess of Kent and of Queen Victoria when princess; it was again occupied by the Duchess of Kent after Queen Victoria's accession to the throne; it now belongs to the Duke of Bedford; it commands a magnificent view of the Solent from Portsmouth to Calshot Castle; and, with lofty ivy-clad towers and long battlemented front, it presents a picturesque appearance from the water.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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