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 September 19, 1885

To the Editor of the Isle of Wight Observer Sir – I am an occasional visitor to Ryde, and was lately quite shocked to see some well-known shops in Union-street closed. Upon enquiry as to the cause, I was informed by the inhabitants that bad business made the proprietors close up their places, as it was no longer profitable to keep them open, and those who could afford it, went out of business rather than lose their all; and the main cause of all this was that the resident inhabitants, or at least, many of the richer ones dealt alone with the London stores, although the Ryde shops were quite ready to deal for cash at, of very near the same rates. How sad it is to see the wealthier inhabitants of a place making it a ruin, for really it has that effect if the middle class be wiped out and you only have the rich and the poor. Who are to help the clergy and ministers of religion, pay poor rates, school rates &c.; the assistance of the middle class is very necessary, as well as that of the rich. Now that Ryde has beautified itself in its extended sea board and in other points, and is by the last return one of the healthiest, as it is one of the prettiest of our watering places, it does seem a pity, nay more, a sin, that the trade of the town should not be supported.
I am, Sir, you obedient servant,
London, Sept. 1885

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