In Explore number 469 (highest position) on 7th October 2009
Once again we had a beautiful sunny day. The last one of September.
The natural multi-coloured sands of alum bay have been collected and made into souvenirs since early Victoria times, as recorded by Thomas Brettell in his 'Handbook tothe Isle of Wight' printed in 1844.
Alum Bay is unique in having 21 recognised shades of colour and gifts made from these were presented to Queen Victoria in 1860. This began a very special souvenir tradition that still enthrals visitors today.