The NeedlesThe Needles
is a row of distinctive pillars of chalk that rise out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight
, close to Alum Bay
. A lighthouse has stood at the western end of the formation since 1859. The formation takes its name from a needle-shaped pillar called Lot's
Wife that used to stand in its midst until it collapsed in a storm in 1764. The remaining rocks are all short and squat and not at all needle-like, but the name has stuck.
Needles and Alum Bay tourist website