"The Arch and Stag rocks of Freshwater" Freshwater Off The Beaten Path Tip by budapest8
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"In the Bay, formed by the action of the sea upon the huge cliffs of chalk, rises the arched rock, one of two isolated masses of chalk separated from the cliff by natural causes. Long ago, in the dim obscurity of a past which ended, perhaps, before human annals had a beginning. the ceaseless ocean swept away the softer portion of the rock, and fashioned, in all its inimitable beauty, this mighty curiosity -- the Triumphal Arch of the Waters, through which, ever and anon, they roll in grand procession, as if to the sounds of martial music. A similar mass, at no great distance from it, is called the Stag Rock."
From Black's Guide to the Isle of Wight 1870
Unfortunately, the mighty waves did not roll for ever and anon through the Arch rock, it gradually became eroded and fell into the sea a few years ago. Only the stump remains. There is, however a new rock formed about 20 years ago through a rock fall , this is now called the Mermaid rock.
The Stag rock is so called because, it is alleged, a stag jumped from the cliff on to it to escape being chased.
Look at second picture The Arch and Stag rocks 1903. Note the people on the beach
(Butter Bay). The cliff subsequently fell away
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