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Welcome to Cowes

Mayor of Cowes, for decorative purposes

from our Mayor, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox.

The Diamond Jewel in the Solent, steeped in history yet innovative.  Cowes is a world renowned yachting centre with a great maritime tradition and immersed with some quite incredible historic events and people.

Visit the Parade or Princes Green. Enjoy the passing panorama, walk through Bath Road and the narrow High Street; there are many interesting, independent shops and restaurants to visit, and of course feel proud as Cowes entertains yachting enthusiasts during Cowes Week. Take a walk round Northwood Park; it is a wonderful place and the House continues to go from strength to strength.

2015 was the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes is right to be grateful that they have made their home in Cowes Castle. It has been their presence that has shaped Cowes and of which we are very proud.

Thanks to all those businesses big and small, many continuing Cowes’ fine maritime tradition and to the many unsung volunteers whose dedication and hard work make me feel very proud to represent Cowes as Mayor. Enjoy your time here.


Our Heritage

Photograph of Hammerhead Crane and Floating Bridge, for decorative purposesThe image left shows two icons of Cowes’ industrial past; the Hammerhead Crane (100 years old in 2012) which serves as a reminder of the great days of J Samuel White’s shipbuilders on the Medina until the 1960s; and the 5th mechanical Floating Bridge, connecting Cowes with East Cowes, a service which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009.

Cowes Heritage is an organisation focused on recording the history of Cowes, capturing for future generations its industrial past.

Every year Cowes Heritage put on an exhibition; subjects covered in the last few years include: Made in Cowes; Cowes At War; Schools in Cowes; Businesses in Cowes; Northwood House; Churches in Cowes; Cowes in the 1950s; and J Samuel White’s.

Cowes Heritage has merged with the Cowes Voluntary Community Group and formed a new charity: Cowes Heritage and Community Group.

Please contact Cowes Heritage and Community Group for more information: http://www.cowesheritage.co.uk

Historic Walks

There are many historic points of interest throughout Cowes. Details of historic walks, which are unescorted, are available: https://iwbeerandbuses.co.uk/walks-historic.php.

Cowes Town Council works with local organisations for the benefit of the residents of Cowes, including:

Cowes Business Association. Please contact the CBA for further information: www.cowesbusiness.org.uk

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is the statutory harbour authority for Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight. Further details can be found on their website: www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/

Isle of Wight Council. Detail of the services the IW Council are responsible for are available on their website: https://www.iow.gov.uk/


Cowes entry sign - for decorative purposes
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