The Needles

Off the west coast of the Isle of Wight, England, stand the unmistakable white chalk stacks known as The Needles. Whilst there’s not a lot needle-like about them anymore (photo), The Needles were originally named for an actually needle-shaped rock known as ‘Lot’s Wife’, which stood nearly 37 metres tall – here’s a drawing of how it might have looked. When the precarious chalk stack inevitably collapsed into the sea in 1764, the resulting crash was said to have been heard from many miles away. Other than the needles themselves, we can still see the lighthouse (photo) which…

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