Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them. Please click thumbnails for full size picture. Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The manufacturer of the card is shown in brackets (where available).
'The Esplanade is an undercliff promenade and roadway, almost level with the sea, and more than half a mile long. From it extends the Pier (toll 2d., 12 tickets Is. 6d. Season tickets at reduced rates). The Pier Casino is used daily by a concert party during the summer. On Sundays special concerts are organized. At the end of the pier is the Dance Pavilion. As at Sandown, the sands are all that could be wished, and slope so gradually that bathing is perfectly safe, while the rarely ruffled bay is ideal for boating. At the northern end of the Esplanade are very popular public bowling greens, putting greens, and hard tennis courts.'
The greater part of the town is built upon the cliff at an elevation of from a hundred to a hundred and fifty feet above the sea. The cliff is a sheer perpendicular wall. At the north and south extremities of the town there are slopes, as easy as can be made, leading down to the Esplanade; but from the pretty Keats Green (a “thing of beauty and a joy for ever,” as a quotation from Endymion rightly reminds us) a zigzag flight of steps must be descended, or use made of the hydraulic Lift (1d. down; 2d. up). Keats made Shanklin his place of residence in the early part of 1819, and here he wrote the play of Otho the Great and the fine poem of Lamia. The Green is one of the most frequented spots in Shanklin. It is well provided with seats and commands entrancing views of the Bay.
Ward Lock Red Guide from the 1920's
Freshwater | Totland | Alum Bay and the Needles | Yarmouth | Shalfleet | Newtown | Calbourne | Carisbrooke Castle | Newport and Carisbrooke | Cowes and Gurnard | Osborne House | Wootton & Fishbourne | Quarr & Binstead | Ryde | Seaview | Bembridge | Brading | Sandown | Shanklin | Godshill | Arreton Valley | Ventnor | St Lawrence and the Undercliff | St Catherine's Lighthouse's | Niton | Blackgang Chine | Blackgang and Chale | Brighstone and Shorwell | Mottistone to Compton
10 December 2008