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Ryde District Heritage Centre is entirely run by volunteers.

Stair Lift Facility

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The new stairlift officially opened on 23rd of May 2014 by Ryde’s Mayor at the time, Cllr Roi Milburn.
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The Brigstocke China

The Brigstocke China

All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful.

Brigstoke Terrace China Group front view

The Brigstocke China comprises pieces collected by the family over many years, reflecting catholic tastes.

Brigstoke Terrace China Group side view

Brigstoke Terrace China Group reverse view

Brigstoke Terrace China Hare

Brigstoke Terrace China Horse
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The Brigstocke China All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful. The Brigstocke China comprises pieces collected by the family over many years, reflecting catholic tastes.

The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade - Victorian Timeline, the first 70 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade from the laying of the foundation stone to 1903

An etching of the original arcade frontage

1835 -May - Foundation Stone Ceremony
1836 - July - Opening Ceremony
1856 - July - Henry Knight buys the arcade for £3000
1856 - October - frontage altered
1857 - October - William Lacy the first Arcade photographer moves into a workshop in the basement
1862 -  March - Cornelius Jabez Hughes takes over Number 6 after Lacy's death, in November 1861
1864 -  Henry Knight's Fairy Fountain in the rotunda

An etching of the 1840s arcade interior

1880 - Henry patents tin opener and sells it to Crosse and Blackwell
1890 - Henry Knight goes bankrupt and hands over the arcade to his daughters
1895 - Death of Henry Knight
1903 - Arcade up for sale
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The Royal Victoria Arcade The Royal Victoria Arcade - Victorian Timeline, the first 70 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade from the laying of the foundation stone to 1903 1835 -May - Foundation Stone Ceremony 1836 - July - Opening Ceremony 1856 - July - Henry Knight buys the arcade for £3000 1856 - October - frontage altered 1857 - October - William Lacy the first Arcade photographer moves into a workshop in the basement 1862 -  March - Cornelius Jabez Hughes takes over Number 6 after Lacy's death, in November 1861 1864 -  Henry Knight's Fairy Fountain in the rotunda 1880 - Henry patents tin opener and sells it to Crosse and Blackwell 1890 - Henry Knight goes bankrupt and hands over the arcade to his daughters 1895 - Death of Henry Knight 1903 - Arcade up for sale

Original Logo

Original Logo

The original artwork for the logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on two shelters on Ryde Pier, and adapted by Depth.

Historic Ryde Society Logo

The original logo copyright Lynne Phillips

Cyril the Sea Serpent on Ryde Pier

 
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Original Logo The original artwork for the logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on two shelters on Ryde Pier, and adapted by Depth.  

Royal Ryde

Royal Ryde

Royal Ryde, the link to Queen Victoria.

The Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria, first brought her to stay at Norris Castle on the Isle of Wight in 1831. When it was decided to build the arcade in Ryde, Princess Victoria was asked whether she would agree to it being named for her. This is why, at the rear of the arcade, there is a window with a monogram PV - Princess Victoria.

The Princess Victoria Window Royal Victoria Arcade

The crest on the front of the arcade is that of Princess Victoria. A similar crest can be seen in Bath, much smaller and less colourful than the one in Ryde. The lion and the unicorn are also facing different directions.

Etching from 1874 of Crown Prince and Princess

 
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Royal Ryde Royal Ryde, the link to Queen Victoria. The Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria, first brought her to stay at Norris Castle on the Isle of Wight in 1831. When it was decided to build the arcade in Ryde, Princess Victoria was asked whether she would agree to it being named for her. This is why, at the rear of the arcade, there is a window with a monogram PV - Princess Victoria. The crest on the front of the arcade is that of Princess Victoria. A similar crest can be seen in Bath, much smaller and less colourful than the one in Ryde. The lion and the unicorn are also facing different directions.  

Royal visitors

Royal Visitors in Ryde


It is said that the Duchess of Kent first brought her daughter to the Isle of Wight so that she did not attend the coronation of her Uncle, William IV. On this, and subsequent occasions, they stayed at Norris Castle, in East Cowes.

It is also known that Victoria used rooms in The Royal Kent Hotel, now the Royal Squadron, on at least one occasion.

Etching of the Royal Kent Hotel, Union Street, Ryde
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Royal Visitors in Ryde It is said that the Duchess of Kent first brought her daughter to the Isle of Wight so that she did not attend the coronation of her Uncle, William IV. On this, and subsequent occasions, they stayed at Norris Castle, in East Cowes. It is also known that Victoria used rooms in The Royal Kent Hotel, now the Royal Squadron, on at least one occasion.

RYDE TREASURES

RYDE TREASURES


All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful.

A gown worn by a recent Mayor of the Borough of Ryde.

Ryde Borough Mayor's Robe

Ryde Town Sergeant's Hat.

Ryde Town Sargent Top Hat

 
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RYDE TREASURES All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful. A gown worn by a recent Mayor of the Borough of Ryde. Ryde Town Sergeant's Hat.  

Ryde Entertainment

Ryde Entertainment

Fine Art Exhibition at Ryde 1881

The inhabitants of 19th century Ryde enjoyed entertainment............... Bands played on the pier every evening, There were plays in the Theatre, concerts in the Town Hall, lectures and exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms and circuses on the Strand from the 1850s onwards. Local gentry also held balls and soirees in their homes - descriptions of which appeared in the local press the following week. Celebrities came from Paris and London to appear in Ryde - Mrs Jordan, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, General Tom Thumb, The Christy Minstrels all appeared in Ryde following successful runs in London and over seas........Ryde was the place to be after London, Paris, New York! Hairdressers and other businessmen also followed the same route.
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Ryde Entertainment The inhabitants of 19th century Ryde enjoyed entertainment............... Bands played on the pier every evening, There were plays in the Theatre, concerts in the Town Hall, lectures and exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms and circuses on the Strand from the 1850s onwards. Local gentry also held balls and soirees in their homes - descriptions of which appeared in the local press the following week. Celebrities came from Paris and London to appear in Ryde - Mrs Jordan, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, General Tom Thumb, The Christy Minstrels all appeared in Ryde following successful runs in London and over seas........Ryde was the place to be after London, Paris, New York! Hairdressers and other businessmen also followed the same route.

Railings

Railings

Cyril the sea Serpent on Ryde Pier

The railings on the pier were installed in 1895. It is believed the shelters were built at the same time, by Isaac Barton, a Mayor of Ryde, to a design by local architect Thomas Hellyer. Cyril the sea serpent is the guide for the Children's Page of the website.
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Railings The railings on the pier were installed in 1895. It is believed the shelters were built at the same time, by Isaac Barton, a Mayor of Ryde, to a design by local architect Thomas Hellyer. Cyril the sea serpent is the guide for the Children's Page of the website.

Local Newspapers

Local Newspapers

Ventilator Royals visit July 19 1873

Ryde and the Isle of Wight have a long history of local newspaper printing. The Isle of Wight Observer was begun in 1846, although not established until 1852.  It was printed at The Colonnade, Ryde by George and subsequently, Hannah Butler. From the first issue, Fashionable Lists were printed weekly to show residents and visitors who was in town. The Isle of Wight Times, Ventilator, Mercury, Isle of Wight Advertiser, and County Press followed at later dates. These newspapers, or images of them, can be consulted at the Isle of Wight County Record Office, Newport.

There are also newspapers with Isle of Wight articles which can be viewed on the British Library website British Newspapers Online
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Local Newspapers Ryde and the Isle of Wight have a long history of local newspaper printing. The Isle of Wight Observer was begun in 1846, although not established until 1852.  It was printed at The Colonnade, Ryde by George and subsequently, Hannah Butler. From the first issue, Fashionable Lists were printed weekly to show residents and visitors who was in town. The Isle of Wight Times, Ventilator, Mercury, Isle of Wight Advertiser, and County Press followed at later dates. These newspapers, or images of them, can be consulted at the Isle of Wight County Record Office, Newport. There are also newspapers with Isle of Wight articles which can be viewed on the British Library website British Newspapers Online

Historic Photographs

Historic Photographs

Young Boy by Matthews

Child photographed by Matthews
Child photographed by Matthews

Child on a horse Photographed by Knight

More  historic photographs appear in the  Galleries.

Child photographed by Knight
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Historic Photographs More  historic photographs appear in the  Galleries.
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Summer Breeze Disco Night

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BCC_webSaturday 27th September – Ryde Town Club, Star Street

Celebrating Summer in Style – Dance to the sounds from the 60s through to the 90s

 

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Demonstration of LeRoc (Modern Jive)

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BURLESQUE AT ITS BEST!!!

with Isabelle L’Amour and The Blue Moon Revue dancers

Burlesque

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Classic Car Rally 2014

Historic Ryde Society was delighted to be invited to have a stall at the Classic Car Rally 2014 event, held as usual on Ryde seafront. The rain held off, and Sheila, Claire and Diana did a sterling job during the course of the day.

The new Beachy Books community project book, Your Journey into Ryde, proved very popular with visitors, and 14 copies were sold. Altogether, just over £120 was raised for the Society. Many thanks to Vic Galucci for inviting Historic Ryde Society to take part in this wonderful annual event. Thanks also to Dani, of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, who very kindly loaned a small table for the event.

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The Ship that hunted itself

Around 40 Historic Ryde Society members and other interested guests came along to hear the fascinating story of ‘The ship that hunted itself’, given by medals’ enthusiast, David Slade.

Historic Ryde Vice Chair Ron Watts hosted the evening and informed the assembled company about the up-coming events. These included the rearranged ‘Ryde Airport and Spithead Express’ talk by Bob Wealthy, which will take place on October 22, in Yelf’s Hotel, which had to be postponed due to very stormy weather in February.

Ron then introduced guest speaker David, who went on to enthral with this remarkable tale. The two armed vessels, HMS Carmania and SMS Cap Trafalgar, each disguised as the other, engaged in battle on September 14, 1914. David has done a huge amount of research on the subject, and also brought along some medals from his collection, which belonged to crew members.

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September talk 2014

David Slade begins his fascinating talk – September 14

Ryde Carnival 1949

With the 2014 Carnival season just ended, and thoughts of both World Wards both uppermost in the National conscience, a chance find in an old magazine brought the 1949 Ryde Carnival to life.

The article began with a poem entitled: ‘Ryde Carnival 1888 – 1949’.

‘When Carnival conquered the Continent
He was suddenly seized with a great intent-
He said “I have triumphed in France and Spain,
“In Italy, too, and I’m winning the Dane,
“But Oh! it would be the pride of my rule
“Could I make the Englishman act like a fool.”
Now the Spirit of Carnival looks like an ass,
But it’s only the skin which he wears with his lass.
“Forward!” he cried< and bestrode the Ass;
“Praise be that the time has come to pass
“When Ryde shall lay down the golden rule
“That England is free to Act the Fool!”

The article continued: ‘The revival of Ryde Carnival this year will bring back many memories of the community, for Ryde, it will be remembered, was the first town in England to hold a Carnival – in 1888.

There will be few who remember the first carnivals with their gay costumes and clowning pedestrians – not so very unlike the present day shows but gayer, perhaps, with less accentuation on the prize-givings and a more care-free atmosphere.

Many, however, will remember the last carnival to take place in Ryde before the war – only 48 hours before the was to be precise – when the Pipe Band and the Royal Marines provided the music for the grand procession that encircled the town. Life was a little easier then, and some of the care-free spirit of the first carnival still remained, though the country was on the verge of a six years war.

The 1949 carnival did a lot to revive that spirit, and, although the town did not go quite as mad as it might have done, the spirit was there.

This year’s carnival was a credit to the organisers, who, in a very short time, produced something of the spirit of Ryde which all but a few thought was lost for ever. Next year we can look forward to something bigger and better, with, perhaps, even more gaiety and fun.

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Ryde Carnival 1949 Shanklin Hawaii Islanders

Ryde Carnival 1949 Shanklin Hawaii Islanders

Ryde Carnival 1949 Ventnor Queens

Ryde Carnival 1949 Ventnor Queens

Ryde Carnival 1949 King Carnival and his henchmen

Ryde Carnival 1949 King Carnival and his henchmen

Ryde Carnival 1949 Jennifer Gloyn Shanklin

Ryde Carnival 1949 Jennifer Gloyn Shanklin

Ryde Carnival 1949 Cripps' Inn

Ryde Carnival 1949 Cripps’ Inn

Ryde Carnival 1949 Ryde Harriers

Ryde Carnival 1949 Ryde Harriers

Ryde Carnival 1949 Ryde Rowing Club

Ryde Carnival 1949 Ryde Rowing Club

Ticket to Ryde

Historic Ryde Society (HRS) was delighted to be invited to the Ticket to Ryde event in the Eastern Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Hosted by BBC Radio Solent DJ, and Ryde resident, Alex Dyke, the event proved very popular with scooterists and locals alike.

Alex and Brian even got in on the fun by posing with one of the HRS photoboards!

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Big Al and Brian at the Ticket to Ryde - August 24 2014

Big Al and Brian at the Ticket to Ryde – August 24 2014

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HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester opened the first extension of Ryde District Heritage Centre on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andrew and Brian chat to HRH The Duke of Gloucester and the Lord Lieutenant

The logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on the two shelters on Ryde Pier, and digitised by Depth.

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