Historic Ryde Society

‘Giving Ryde’s Past to the Future’

Historic Ryde Society Quiz Night Thursday 28 December 2023 at Yelf's Hotel, at 7p.m. for 7.30pm.   The Museum of Ryde will be closed from 24th December 2023 to 4th February 2024. We are opening Monday, 5th February 2024. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hill’s Stores, High Street

Hill’s Stores’ Treasures

All images reproduced by kind permission of Isle of Wight Heritage Services.

Hill's Stores' adverting poster
Hill’s Stores’ adverting poster

Several items survive relating to Hill’s Stores, in the High Street, Ryde, at the junction with Newport Street. These blocks were used for printing purposes.

Hill's Printing Blocks
Hill’s Printing Blocks

This mini mattress – approximately 30cm in length, was made to show the quality of the workmanship.

Hill's Mini Mattress a sample to show workmanship
Hill’s Mini Mattress a sample to show workmanship

This foot warmer, although made in London, has the Hill’s stamp on the neck.

Hill's Stoneware Foot Warmer
Hill’s Stoneware Foot Warmer

These scissors have been especially made for cutting carpets. They are made of bronze and extremely heavy! The tag states they date from 1865 and were used for cutting carpets as recently as 1972!

Hill's Stores' Carpet Scissors
Hill’s Stores’ Carpet Scissors

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