Isle of Wight
Mottistone Manor as it is today:
Brooke Beach as it is today:
The Field where Warrior ran as it is today:
The West Coast of the Isle of Wight, where Warrior was born, lived and died, remains one of the few places in England that is largely unchanged today. It is possible to follow the ‘Warrior Trail’ and almost feel the presence of the old horse galloping beside you.
“Yafford is one of the most delightful places that one could choose to possess as a birthplace” (Jack Seely)
Warrior was born in Yafford. Today the place is a small hamlet situated between the beautiful Tennyson Downs and the quiet seaside bays along the West coast of the Isle of Wight.
As a youngster Warrior roamed the fields between Brooke and Mottistone and ran as a yearling in ‘Sidling Paul’, the field directly opposite the Church at Brooke. Warrior learned to swim in the rough waters of Brooke Beach. Both the village and beach at Brooke (today called Brook) remain largely unchanged.
Jack Seely and Warrior moved to Mottistone Manor shortly after the war. Warrior lived here until his death in 1941. Today Mottistone is a National Trust property with the house and gardens well worth a visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-mottistone
Sun at Hulverstone
Hulverstone is situated between Brooke and Mottistone, a beautiful spot for lunch with outstanding views down to Brooke and Compton Beach. These are the same views that Warrior would have seen most days of his life on the Isle of Wight.
Walk or ride on Compton Down, look across at the Solent on one side and the Channel on the other, and you are drinking in the same views, treading the same turf as Jack Seely and Warrior did all those years ago.
For further details on Warrior and the Isle of Wight, contact Patrick Seely, Susannah@dunsburyfarm.co.uk / 01983 741 325.