Isle of Wight Observer March 25, 1865
The Bull Ring
RELICT OF OTHER DAYS – Last week in digging for the foundation of a house on Mr Newman’s land in Anglesea-street, formerly a portion of “Star Butt”, the old bull-ring at which bulls were baited was found. It is a massive piece of iron, with an eyelet into a horizontal square. There are a few of the old natives who can recollect seeing it used in baiting.
FUNERAL OF AN OLD INHABITANT – We last week announced the death of Mrs Sophia Sarah Wearn, who was for 60 years the respected landlady of the Black Horse inn, Ryde, and which she only gave up about 12 months ago. The deceased was 82 years of age, and was buried on Tuesday last, leaving 10 children, 40 grand-children, and 13 great-grandchildren living, by whom her memory will ever be held in grateful remembrance.
ISLE OF WIGHT RAILWAY – TRAFFIC RETURN – Week ended Saturday, March 18th, 1865. Passengers, 2,225. Receipts – coaching and parcels, £76 17s 1d.; goods and coal, £24 3s 6d; total £101 0s 5d. Miles of line open, 8.