In 1872, Tennyson suggested that his friend the artist George Frederic Watts move to Freshwater & by the end of 1873 The Briary was built. G.F. Watts created some of the most famous sculptures & paintings of the Victorian era.
In 1853 the Poet Laureate, Tennyson, decided that he & his family should leave London & relocate to Freshwater, a remote region of the Isle of Wight, believing that here they could enjoy a quiet life away from his admirers. For almost forty years, Tennyson, his wife, Emily, & their sons, Hallam & Lionel, entertained guests at Farringford House. Their friends included the illustrator & author Edward Lear, & the artist Sir John Everett Millais.
Lewis Carroll stayed in Holly Tree Cottage & the poet William Allingham stayed in Myrtle Cottage. Directly opposite is Whitecliff House where Alice Liddell, the girl for whom Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland for, stayed.
The photographer, Julia Maraget Cameron , & her family moved to the Isle of Wight in 1860, choosing to settle in a property adjoining the Farringford estate which they christened 'Dimbola'. The actress, Ellen Terry, & the artist, G.F. Watts, stayed at Dimbola Lodge on their honeymoon in 1864.
Queen Victoria & her husband, Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a holiday retreat. Find out more.
Background about Tennyson's Celebrity Circle. Close
Freshwater Gate in the 1860s. Close
Freshwater Gate in the 1890s. Close
Freshwater Gate - current map. Close
Freshwater Gate - UK map. Close