Reminders of a French invasion

On this day 25 years ago, Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose was raised from the bed of the Solent where it had lain for 437 years.  The Mary Rose had capsized on 19 July 1545 as it sailed out to meet the French fleet.

A few days earlier, hundreds of French troops had invaded the Isle of Wight.  A memorial plaque at Seaview  records this action and how it was subsequently “bloodily defeated and repulsed by local militia, 21st July 1545.

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