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East Cowes (Isle of Wight)

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East Cowes has always centred on the building and design of marine craft and materials associated with boatmaking. Well known for the Osborne House, the former summer residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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      18.02.2009 16:02
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      No too bad, but not too great.

      For the first eighteen year of my life, the quaint industrial township of East Cowes was my home. East Cowes is situated on the top tip of the Isle of Wight and is neighboured by its upmarket counterpart 'Cowes'.

      While Cowes is renowned worldwide for its yearly yachting competition 'Cowes Week' East Cowes doesn't have a week devoted to it. Strange that. East Cowes is really the bastard son of Cowes, no one chooses to live there - you're kind of born into it.

      Then again, East Cowes isn't too bad. There are more depressing places to live. If you read 'Crap Towns' and 'Crap Towns 2' you can't find East Cowes in it, so it can't be that bad. So what's East Cowes about? Should you take your family there for a relaxing break? Read on...

      The Pros.

      East Cowes did have a rich shipbuilding past, and there is a legacy still evident of shipbuilding still around. The fact that many of the factories have been pulled down and replaced with blue hoardings shows the fact that East Cowes has started to regenerate as well.

      East Cowes has a large hangar with the largest Union Jack in the world on it.

      Whilst not necessarily in East Cowes, Osborn House is within walking distance and was Queen Victoria's residence for a considerable amount of time and is well worth a visit.

      The trip on the floating bridge is quite an experience if you want to visit 'Cowes' and is a five minute treat.

      The Cons.

      The rotting stench of seaweed has become an increasing problem in recent years and is quite disgusting.

      The lack of shops is an increasing issue. There is a library and a Scumerfield, but the town does look like Dodge City in the deepest of winter.

      The Chavs. Chavs are a problem everywhere, and East Cowes is no exception. Chavs congregate around the town centre and should be taken out by anyone with a flash car.

      In Summary.

      East Cowes isn't really a destination, its somewhere where people just drive through. It isn't somewhere I would recommend you take your family on holiday either. It has a rich history, but you need to scrape away a large layer of grease and filth to find it.

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