Did you know…?


In the 15th and early 16th Centuries the Isle of Wight was colonized by Portuguese clam fishermen who used the island as a home base for fishing in the mollusc-rich waters to the South West of Queen Victoria’s former holiday home. Though English is largely adopted as the dialect of commerce, especially on the eastern part of the island, it is for this reason that many villages to the west of Ventnor have Portuguese as their first language, and signs beyond Niton out to West Wight frequently display directions and place names in both English and Portuguese. Travellers to the island are encouraged to note the fact, especially when approaching locals for information. British currency is standard throughout the entire island.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s