East Cowes Walks
East Coweser and "Friend" Peter Lloyd knew that East Cowes had a lot of unadvertised history, and initially came up with a walking route around the "triangle"of roads constructed in the 1840's to enclose the planned East Cowes Botanic Gardens site. Those roads (York Avenue, Victoria Grove and Adelaide Grove) still bear the look of planned rather than haphazard development.
From this idea came plans for a series of heritage walks around the Town. Realising that there was an island-wide "Health Walks" scheme being co-ordinated by the IOW NHS we devised a project which combined both aspects: "Health and Heritage". Big Lottery funding was offered for the Project and the IW NHS helped by printing DL-fold leaflets covering the three walks, with hand-drawn maps and further information about the "Friends". We were also able to design and purchase four bronze plaques to be erected in order to commemorate some of the notable East Cowes residents and events. Only one plaque, referring to "Bell's Landing" on the Esplanade, is yet to be erected- this awaits the completion of the marina promised for this site.
The leaflet (see below) is still available free from East Cowes Heritage Centre*. See the relevant gallery for pictures of the plaques being unveiled.
*East Cowes Heritage Centre, 8 Clarence Road, East Cowes PO32 6EP. Tel: 01983 280310. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-1pm plus Wed 1-2.