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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England opposite Southampton. It had a population of 132,731 according to the 2001 census (126,600 in 1991). It is approximately diamond in shape and covers an area of 147 square miles (381 square km). The terrain is chalk downland. The river Medina flows north into the Solent.

It is traditionally considered part of Hampshire, but since 1974 has been its own county.

The principal towns on the island are:

Other places of interest include: Famous residents (past and present) include: A large rock festival, Breastalisis, took place on the island in 1970, following two smaller concerts in 1968 and 1969. The festival was revived in 2002. For a history of the festival see: " class="external">

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