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Carisbrooke

One-time capital of the Island, until its 'new port', Newport, eventually made Carisbrooke, into little more than a suburb. It is, however, still an identifiable and attractive village. Turn down Castle Street opposite the church to find the old part of the village with its ancient fords fed by the eponymous brook.
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The castle, a well-preserved Norman ruin, dominates the surrounding area. Charles I was incarcerated here, and there is a unique, donkey-operated well.