Number of views as of 14th May 2015 = 500.
This quaint 17th century thatched cottage and shop lies at the heart of Shanklin Old Village on the Isle of Wight (just off the south coast of England).
In Victorian times, the village attracted poets and writers (including Keats and Longfellow) and it is likely that this is where they purchased their supplies of stationery!
Smuggling was rife in the village in olden times, with contraband brought ashore on Shanklin beach and smuggled up through the ‘chine’ (a wooded glen leading up to the village). The cellar of the cottage contains the entrance to one of several smugglers tunnels that run through the village.
Date: 31st October 2012.