King Ward and his huge Isle of Wight estate: The story of Northwood House and the Ward Family compiled by George Chastney for Cowes Heritage
A family of substance and their ‘sumptuous’ mansion
This book tells the extraordinary story of how the Ward family:
- Came to own nearly one-fifth of the Isle of Wight.
- Built ‘sumptuous’ Northwood House, set in a large, walled estate.
- Allowed the house to briefly become a nunnery and war-time hospital, before gifting it as council offices and the grounds as a public park.
- Established the first cross-Solent steamer service.