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Sovereign’s Gate

The arch of Sovereign’s Gate and its supporting lodges were designed by the builder Thomas Cubitt in 1851 and occupied in 1853.

It is built in the Italianate style, modelled on a Roman triumphal arch, heralding the classical style of the main house inside. The entrance is reserved for visits to Osborne by members of the Royal Family. Now the building is converted into two holiday lets run by English Heritage.

A second set of impressive gates once stood on the opposite side of Old Road. They served East Cowes Castle, now demolished, but a single pillar remains.

The V A cypher on the gates

The Entrance lodge to East Cowes Castle now demolished. (Dinnis Family Collection)

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Funded by the

East Cowes Community Partnership