Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes

Local author, Jan Toms, nominates, John Wilkes, politician, rebel, and resident of Sandown.

John Wilkes was a politician, rebel and resident of Sandown.

In 1788, a spent force, Wilkes left his tempestuous past behind and leased a cottage at Royal Heath, Sandown Bay.

With few neighbours, he lived alone, writing daily to his favourite daughter, 'Polly' and giving a fascinating insight into the 18th/19th century, Isle of Wight.

He remained until 1795, the year of his death. His local memorial remains only in the name of Wilkes Street, Sandown.

His Isle of Wight story is told on Jan Toms' Website.

Image: © Robert "Bob" Hampton

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