A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: ferry, architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Over the weekend I ventured forth over The Solent to play a gig with The Monochrome Set on the Isle of Wight.

Here’s some photos from the trip:

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

We were playing a show at Quay Arts in Newport, so caught a train to Southampton from London, and then boarded the ferry to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

The journey on the Red Funnel line ferry takes around an hour, but for those in a hurry (and with more brass in pocket) the speedier Red Jet service takes just 25 mins.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Leaving Southampton and its knackered old wooden piers.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

All quiet on the top deck.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Passing the luxury cruiser, Norwegian Getaway of the Norwegian Cruise Line.

Built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, it was the world’s ninth largest cruise ship with a passenger capacity of 3,969 and a crew of 1,640 in 2014.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Founded in 1885, the Toyko-headquartered Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) is one of the oldest and largest shipping companies in the world.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Drinkers on the deck.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Detail from the AIDAPrima, the flagship of AIDA Cruises, built by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding  in Nagasaki, Japan. The cruise ship entered service on April 25, 2016.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A Red Funnel ferry makes the return trip to Southampton.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A ruddy huge Union Flag painted on the doors of Venture Quays greets people arriving at the port of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Bargain prices advertised in the window of the old fashioned White Hart Inn by the ferry terminal.

With the railway line from Cowes to Newport cruelly torn up in Feb 1966 after over 100 years of service, we were compelled to accept a lift to Newport.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

With a population of around 25,000 souls, Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight.

The town’s suburb of Parkhurst is home to no less than two prisons: the notorious Parkhurst Prison and Albany; together they make up HMP Isle of Wight, the largest prison in the UK. []

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Solid Victorian architecture can be seen around the town.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Newport Methodist Church in Quay Street.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

The former premises of the Isle of Wight County Press. The paper, which was founded in 1884 and continues to published every Friday.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Built on the site of a late 12th century church between 1854-5, Sts Thomas Minster is the main Anglican church on the Isle of Wight.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

The striking Victorian Gothic architecture of Sixth Form Campus at Upper St James’ Street in Newport,  located in the building previously occupied by Nodehill Middle School.

Below can be seen an early Edwardian postcard view:

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Gunsmiths on Upper St James’ Street.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

The redeveloped bus station.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Christmas decorations still up in May with a ‘Ghost sign’ advertising Moorman & Son’s cabinet, upholstery and polishing works.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Lennard Brothers was founded as a boot and shoe manufacturing firm in Leicester in the 1870s.

By 1920, the company had some 200 branches before being bought up by Great Universal Stores 1973 and then Charterhall in 1989, who swiftly went into receivership, with the shops closing in the early 1990s. []

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Designed by Percy G Stone FRIBA, FSA, this striking memorial to the life and reign of Queen Victoria, stands in St James’s Square, Newport.

Below is a postcard view from around 1903, with a modern night view taken from a similar angle:

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Newport Guildhall, designed by noted architect John Nash in 1819 is now home to the Museum of Island History.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Set in a 1732 house that was once home to the town mayor, Calvert’s Hotel has, perhaps, seen better days.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

River Medina view.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

In the background can be see the remains of Newport Power Station

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

We were performing at the lovely Quay Arts, the island’s leading art gallery and venue for live events.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

The venue stands at the head of the River Medina and occupies a former brewery.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Artwork inside Quay Arts.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Quay Arts cafe and bar.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Some work from British ‘land artist’ Richard Long was on display in the gallery.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

I’ve always been a fan of Long’s land walks.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

At the soundcheck.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Our original support band had to cancel at the last minute, so this excellent young band called Furthermore stepped in.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

My drum kit for the evening.

That ridiculously over-engineered Premier counter-weighted cymbal stand (left) perhaps sums up why the legendary British drum manufacturer lost so much ground to Japanese rivals.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Quay Arts at night.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

After the gig we headed off to the Crispin on Carisbrooke Road which was a bloody fantastic pub.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Formerly known as The Cask & Crispin, the pub puts on regular live gigs and has a large back garden. The owner’s a nice bloke too!

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

In the side room.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Heading home past Newport’s oldest Inn, The Castle Inn.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Castlehold Baptist Church, High Street, Newport, dating from 1812.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Thank you Doris.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Heading back to Southampton, there was plenty of boats darting about a nearly-flat sea.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017

Ferry detail.

A trip to Newport, Isle of Wight in photos: architecture, Quay Arts, The Crispin and street scenes, May 2017