SZ2984 : The Needles, Isle of Wight

taken 6 years ago, 4 km from Totland, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

The Needles, Isle of Wight
The Needles, Isle of Wight
The Needles is one of the most photographed locations on the Isle of Wight, and is something of an icon of the island, being the subject of countless postcards, calendars and other souvenirs.

The Needles is a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea off the western extremity of the island, close to Alum Bay. these stacks are not needle shaped; the name 'Needles' is believed to have been derived from a slender tapering rock pinnacle which was formerly situated a little to the north (ie. on the Alum Bay side) of the present central rock. This needle-shaped rock, about 120ft high and known as 'Lot's Wife' collapsed into the sea in 1764 (LinkExternal link The Needles Park Website).

The Needles Lighthouse, which dates from 1859, stands at the end of the formation. It has been automated since 1994.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 16 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 2913 8486 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:39.7613N 1:35.3531W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 2950 8487
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Nineteenth Century  Victorian  19th Century  Lighthouse  Sea  Cliffs  Stacks  Chalk 

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