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!

Isle of Wight Observer January 23, 1892

Oh! fairest of isles – fair isle of the sea.
So lovely to others, yet more so to me!
‘Tis fashion’s cold custom which throws thee aside,
And takes up with places, not equal to Ryde.
Leave fashion alone, and try our dear air,
Give health to your system, and bloom to your fair.
Bathe from the Pier, where there’s plenty of water,
And room for you all, both mother and daughter.
After leaving the briny, a stroll you should take,
And gaze on the views you will see from the Lake;
Then visit the town, so clean and so neat,
You can walk through it all without soiling your feet.
Then saunter to lunch – enjoy that as well –
And when you have done – just touch the bell;
Then order a trap, the Island to view,
And when you return you will say it is true
That never saw you an Island so bright,
As this beautiful Island, this Island of Wight!
January, 1892                  VISITOR

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