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    Default Coach House. Isle of Wight. May 2012.


    For your next instalment form the sunny Isle of Wight, the Coach house at Blackgang. To be honest It wasnít until I hear on the local news a few weeks back about a further land slip in the area that I remembered about this place. I did a report on the old holiday Village at Blackgang in August last year, (if your interested)
    https://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main...ighlight=wightand at the beginning of the photoís is an old house standing right at the edge of the cliff. Did a little research and put it away for another day.



    Said house is the Blackgang coach house & pub bit of goggling came up with loads of info but nothing that really made sense! Everything relating to the coach house was from around 1811 to 1843 when Blackgang chine amusement park was first built, but the house is not that old.....so a little history digging and a few further trips needed, this is after what Iíve found.

    A bit of back ground first................The Blackgang area, is on the most southern tip of the Isle of Wight, and runs from Ventnor, to Chail. It sits in a natural Plato between the sea and the Highest points on the Island, known as the downs. (Think 4 steps, Bottom step beach, top step the downs.) As you go up the steps from the beach Blackgang amusement park sits on step two, with the road on step three. When it rains, water at step 4, the downs, soaks into the soft limestone right down to the clay and sits there in a void, until it fills, this then pushed the top soil down the steps to the level below, then again to the level below and again to the sea. The result is known as landslip and everything in its way ends up at the same place, step one the sea!

    These landslips are nothing new, evidence shows that they have been happening from the start, of the end of the ice age, which formed the Island. The first major one to result in a need to rethink the roads in this area of the Island was in the 1920ís.

    Windy corner, on the old Blackgang road 1920 something............

    windy courner 1920's by gushys fella, on Flickr



    Windy corner 1927

    windy corner 1929 by gushys fella, on Flickr

    Council reports say the total land lost in the area is around 3.75 meters a year, but major land slips accrue every 15 to 20 years after a spell of dry followed by wet weather, and what do you know, after 3 years of dry we are now in the wettest since 2004 on the island.

    New land slips at Blackgang this year


    may 2012 by gushys fella, on Flickr


    may 2012 by gushys fella, on Flickr

    And Compton which is the beach behind chail


    compton carpark by gushys fella, on Flickr


    The last few land slips, 1971, and 1989 completely cut off the Blackgang holiday village, (above report) leaving many buildgs and cars cut off, just before the Amusement park. Now as Iíve been looking into the whole area and my first thoughts on the coach house and itís age, the road has been moved back 3 times in the last 100 years. Over 25 builds have been lost and the parks about to look at moving again! The coach house that stands today is in fact the third replacement! It was originally the Blackgang pub, owned by the Amusement park owners 1901 to 1936. Then used during the war as a look out / coast guard station. In the 1950ís turned back into a pub/hotel, 1970ís to 80ís childrenís holiday home, ran by a charity for problem children. Then bought privately to convert into a holiday home in 1988 a year before the last major land slip, thatís left it abandoned ever since.


    With the number of landslips this year and the 15-20 year idea of the councils we could be looking at another biggy soon I thought Iíd better get back to the Coach house before itís gone!

    A map showing the old road that was in RED, Holiday village, amusement park and the coach house.
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    map bg by gushys fella, on Flickr


    The coach house as is to today...................
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    Blackgang Coach House 2 by gushys fella, on Flickr

    In the background to the right, you can see a further house; this was the main office and living quarters to the son of the present owner of Blackgang amusement park. Lower half bricked up with an 8 foot fence around and so over grown, there was no way of getting close, this time!

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    Blackgang Coach House 7 - Copy by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 12 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 19 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 20 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 25 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 34 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 31 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 43 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 50 by gushys fella, on Flickr

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    Blackgang Coach House 37 by gushys fella, on Flickr

    The views from the down stairs rooms at the front of the building were spectacular, but to take a photo, I needed to be right at the window to show how close this is to a almost shear drop to the sea, with the sun right in my face I wanted height but looking through the ceilings at the floor joists was a little un nerving!

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    Blackgang Coach House 44 by gushys fella, on Flickr

    Looking up the stairs, all looks good.......half way up and with the sound of splitting wood under 17 stone, the carpet started to push through the step my right foot was on. Rather than jump the last few up and being stuck up there I jumped down. This is when I realised the floors below where in no better state!

    Blackgang Coach House 1 by gushys fella, on Flickr

    That was the end of the road as they say! Will keep any eye on the area and show any updates when, it happens. Hope it wasnít to boring and a few more on my flicker if still interested. Thanks for looking keep safe GF
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    Wow, what a history, and ace photos too! I love the car park falling away too, be careful where you park! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Wow, what a history, and ace photos too! I love the car park falling away too, be careful where you park! :)
    Compton is know as the islanders beach, if you don't know it's there you miss it, even on a really busy day nice and quite. When we first moved to the island we spend everyday just driving round and found the car park, parked in a spot now gone! In 6 years two whole rows vanished and in frount of them was a footpath and fence!
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    It's not long for this world is it? :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    It's not long for this world is it? :(
    Youíre not wrong there Krela! Further landslip, Sunday night all be it a small one, but has allowed so I have been informed, new access to a section of the old black gang road with houses on! Have a look at the map below, looks like a busy weekends coming GF


    new buildings by gushys fella, on Flickr
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    Just a "heads up"...

    These buildings are in the old "Cowboy Town" part of Blackgang Chine and are not accessable to the public, being fenced off within the park boundaries.

    There is no road there.

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    Hi Sandra welcome to DP!

    Think you a little north, the houses are below the holiday village to an area just before you come to the park. (So I've been told!). Was planning a trip out this weekend but it didn't happen.

    Are you local to the area? With you being a new member you can't PM yet so drop me an email we'll exchange notes! Gushysfella@hotmail.co.uk. Thanks for the "heads up" GF
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    Amazing . . . somebody actually bothered to replace the roof!

    The flat roof for this property - yes, what's there now isn't a "builders bodge" - was completely torn off during the Big Gale of October 1987 leaving the timbers completely exposed . . .

    . . . which means that the owners still thought the property had a "future" even then!

    PS : As an ex-resident of the Island I can remember when Blackgang Chine was all on the other side of the new road.
    . . . be seeing you!

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    Cracking set of pics!

    The coach house that stands today is in fact the third replacement! It was originally the Blackgang pub, owned by the Amusement park owners 1901 to 1936. Then used during the war as a look out / coast guard station. In the 1950’s turned back into a pub/hotel, 1970’s to 80’s children’s holiday home, ran by a charity for problem children. Then bought privately to convert into a holiday home in 1988 a year before the last major land slip, that’s left it abandoned ever since.
    Unless I'm in the wrong place the more recent history doesn't quite add up. The Old Coach House must have been a pub around 1988 as it was one that a few of us used to go to from time to time, typically en route to Barney's Roadhouse (also long gone) in Brighstone. Several years ago it was brandishing a banner with the name 'Merlins' on it( presumably being run by the same people who have Merlins Cafe in Ventnor High Street). They would apparently do home delivery curry from there although I can't say I have had one from there. If that was the case then it must have held the mantle as being the most remote curry house around! lol

    EDIT: 'Merlins' pic on Wikimedia Commons, dated 2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Me..._Blackgang.JPG

    Sad to see the state of the place in your photos, but you are not going to stop Mother Nature doing her thing!

    Regards, Kev

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    watch ya tempest70, your a building out! looking at you photo merlins is on the left, the coach house is about 100meters left again! welcome from a fellow wight'er by the way GF
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