About Chine Publishing

Chine Publishing was set up by Mark Chessell to research and publish books which fill significant gaps in the existing transport history literature for this beautiful and diverse county of England.  Mark’s late parents were born and brought up on the Isle of Wight and he has acquired an intimate knowledge of this very special part of the UK over the past sixty years.  Since taking early retirement Mark has used much of his spare time to expand his knowledge of Isle of Wight transport history and to share this material with a wider audience.

Although many excellent books have been published over the past fifty years about the Isle of Wight railways, shipbuilding, aircraft manufacture and the cross-Solent ferries relatively few books have been written about the Island’s road transport history.  Chine Publishing is seeking to address this situation with a series of titles which will appeal both to transport enthusiasts and people interested in local history.  A key aspect of our approach is to assemble rare and fascinating photos which illustrate how various motor vehicles have served businesses, individuals and local communities over the years.  Hopefully this material will stimulate some further research by others in the future.

Work is well advanced for our third title which will be about Isle of Wight motor vehicles from 1939 to 1964.  Using a selection of period and more recent photographs this book will demonstrate the huge range of DL-registered vehicles which were driven on the Island during the Second World War and the early post-war period.  It will also contain some rare photographs and information about some of the main garages in those days.

A chine is a small, steep-sided valley containing a stream which runs into the sea.  Chines are rare nationally although there are around ten such features along the south coast of the Isle of Wight, including Shanklin Chine, Blackgang Chine and Whale Chine.  These have been created as a part of the geological history of this part of Southern England.  The name Chine Publishing has been chosen for its strong association with the Island.

Our books may be purchased through our sales outlets as listed on the news page, or online via our Chine Publishing website.