The island was conquered by the Romans in A.D. 43 and probably settled later by the Jutes. It was annexed to the kingdom of Wessex in 661 and Christianized c.700. The Isle of Wight was the headquarters of the Danes at the end of the 10th cent. William I bestowed the lordship of the island upon William Fitz-Osbern. In 1293 it returned permanently to the crown. At Carisbrooke Castle, now in ruins, King Charles I was imprisoned (1647-48). In 1890 the island was established as a separate administrative county; administratively, it became a unitary authority in 1995. Queen Victoria's seaside home, Osborne House, is near the famous yachting center at Cowes. Parkhurst, a major British maximun security prison, is on the island.
LOSS LEAVES ISLE OF WIGHT SEEING RED GREENBRIER CHRISTIAN COACH STICKNEY FORESAW GATORS' PHYSICAL EDGE.(CHESAPEAKE CLIPPER)
Sep 10, 1999; Byline: VICKI L. FRIEDMAN, STAFF WRITER Greenbrier Christian football coach Red Stickney endured a lot to scout Isle of Wight...