The Victorian Health Resort.
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, grew from a small fishing hamlet in the nineteenth century between the two villages of Bonchurch to the east and St Lawrence to the west.
The Isle of Wight Railway at one time ran a non-stop train from Ryde to Ventnor which was named 'The Invalid Express' specifically to rush consumptive patients to their treatment at Ventnor.
The sandy beach was always ideal for bathing, but is much less popular today.
Ventnor has suffered a greater decline than the other key Island seaside towns and is struggling to halt the spread of empty shops and general tattiness. Despite this sadness, Ventnor has always been fbb's favourite Island town and there is still much if its Victorian splendour to be found. It just takes a bit of perseverance to find it.
But next we look at bus services; and here, as with the trains of years gone by, things have suffered a significant decline, matching the town's as yet unsuccessful struggle for regeneration. Meanwhile, our "next blog" tag approximates to "Southern" malachite green and sunshine yellow.