Sun. Sep 26th, 2021

Isle of Wight Observer News

The Island's Free Newspaper

Robert Hooke route now well signposted

1 min read

Twelve new Robert Hooke enamel information plaques around the Hooke route between Yarmouth and Freshwater have now been completed and installed.

Hooke was a 17th century contemporary of Sir Isaac Newton, Samual Pepys and Sir Christopher Wren, and one of the world’s greatest scientists, as well as one of the architects rebuilding London after the Great Fire. He was born on the Island in Freshwater and, although he left as a boy of 13, it still strongly influenced his later scientific work.

The original plaques and supporting posts, which span the eight-mile circular walk via Fort Victoria, Yarmouth, Freshwater Bay and Golden Hill Fort and were first put up 10 years ago, had begun to rot. The new plaques have been manufactured by Island company, AJ Wells, and designed with the help of another Island company, Pepper Creative.

Each plaque describes some aspect of Hooke’s career and shows the relationship to his boyhood on the Island. They also have a map of the Trail, plus QR and What3words codes, both providing route maps to indicate directions and plaque locations. Free applications for these code readers are available to download.

Header picture Arnold & Venetia Taylor and Sue & Brian Scott – the team behind the 12 new plaques