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ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT: BEACON TOWERS, S. CATHERINE'S POINT AND QUARR ABBEY

ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT: BEACON TOWERS, S. CATHERINE'S POINT AND QUARR ABBEY

Of these two towers (bottom) that in the foreground was begun but not finished by the Trinity Board in 18th cent., and the other dates from about 1314-28, when a hermit used to tend the light. The modern lighthouse is lower down the hill. Not far from Ryde are the remains of Quarr Abbey, whose name derives from the "quarraria" or quarries in the district, once famous for their building stone. Quarr was founded in 1131 for some Benedictine monks from Normandy, but later became Cistercian. It was dissolved among the lesser religious houses in 1536.

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