"Book of East Cowes"
Apart from Rosetta Brading's two books chronicling events in the town from 1303 there had not been a comprehensive volume telling the story of East Cowes from all its various aspects. It seems that more than one person had been thinking along these lines, since when in 2008 Margaret Prior suggested to the Friends that this might be a project that they could undertake, Sarah Burdett of the Heritage Centre and Isle of Wight Society suggested that she and Margaret work together to put together a book using the wealth of archived material amassed at the Centre. Ken Wheeler used his experience in publishing to help with the text styles and layout.
And so it was that in February 2011 the book, entitled "EAST COWES, A TOWN OF SHIPS, CASTLES, INDUSTRY AND INVENTION" (see image below) was launched. It has been selling well and is still available to buy at the Heritage Centre*. It can also be borrowed from the library.
*East Cowes Heritage Centre, 8 Clarence Road, East Cowes, PO32 6EP Tel: 01983 280310.Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-1pm plus Wed 1-4.