Various writings to do with the families and history of Seaview, Isle of Wight
SEAVIEW and the CAWS, MATTHEWS and DAVIS families
In the late 19th century, Seaview resident William Edsall Matthews wrote, what is still probably, the definitive record of the early days of Seaview and the main families (Caws, Matthews and Davis) in the locality. I hold a 1926 transcription made by my Uncle Frank Barton and this I've now transcribed and make avaiable in pdf format below.
- Least changed from the original (2012 issue 1) - this is basically a copy of the 1926 transcription with some light editing to make it easier to read and made some small additions (in square brackets) to clarify the text.
- Text as original but rearranged to make it more readable (2012 issue 1A) - the text is basically as 2012 issue 1 but rearranged to make it more readable (I hope!).
If you are a descendant, you are invited to contribute to further issues by submitting your family history from the individuals given in the current issue - ideally information should be sent in some format of text (so that I can just paste it in) and include details of where they lived and occupations etc, not just dates nor great lengths of life story. Reading the original will give you some idea of how William Matthews dealt with the ancestors history, and that sort of detail is what I'd like to add.
So, click on the link, read and enjoy, and let me have some more of the families to add.
by J. Spence - Durham University
Frank (Francis) Caws (he who designed Seaview Pier), worked in Sunderland as an architect and also was involved with helping the youth of Sunderland, leaving a legacy which justified being written about 100 year later.
Who of us can expect to leave a similar legacy ?
EAST WIGHT SMUGGLING YARNS
HENRY E. MATTHEWS,
of SEAVIEW, I.W.
(transcribed 2012 -
a few obvious typesetting errors corrected;
hopefully, fewer new ones introduced)
'The Residential Attrations of Seaview Isle of Wight'
circa late 1930's
By R.J. (Jack) Cheverton & S.L. (Sidney) Matthews
And of Provincialisms used in the Island;
By W. H. Long
Reprint of a 1987 article by the Southampton Branch of the Worlds Ships Society covering the history of barge services across the Solent.