Historic Ryde Society

‘Giving Ryde’s Past to the Future’

Historic Ryde Society Quiz Night Thursday 28 September 2023 at Yelf's Hotel, at 7p.m. for 7.30pm.
Newchurch Parish Boundary Marker
Newchurch Parish Boundary Marker

Ryde Churches, The Isle of Wight was divided into parishes which ran from North to South. This was the unusual arrangement which led to Ryde and Ventnor both being included in the Parish of Newchurch. A boundary stone, marked ‘N’ for Newchurch, and ‘St H’ for St Helen’s, can still be seen on the pavement opposite Cornwall Slip. The Parish Boundary runs through the middle of a house, which must have posed a dilemma for the inhabitants – which rate to pay?

Until the 18th century, the people of Ryde had to walk to Newchurch for services. Then in 1719, the Lord of the Manor of Ryde, Thomas Player, built a Chapel of Ease in the town. This was on the site of St Thomas’ Heritage Centre, the building you see today being built in 1827, by Thomas’ grandson, George. The Church of St James, in Lind Street, was also built in 1827, and had an impressive tower, later removed.

The Hampshire Advertiser, of Saturday, July 15th, 1843, tells of a new church in the pipeline:

‘The new Church, built at St John’s, near Ryde, will be consecrated on Tuesday morning next, at 11 o’clock. The Lord Bishop of Winchester will preach in behalf of the new funds for the church. (Begun in March, 1842, the architect was Thomas Hellyer, and the builders Messrs Langdon and Denham, of Ryde.)
The Rev R Waldo Sibthorpe, who has recently purchased a house and land at Nettlestone, near Ryde, intends converting the house into a Popish Chapel.
The Rev Robert Montgomery, MA, preached two excellent and eloquent sermons, to large congregations, at St James’s Chapel, on Sunday morning and evening last. We understand the same Rev Gentleman will preach at St Thomas’s Church, Ryde on one of the Sundays in August, in behalf of the New Church building in this town.’

St John the Baptist Church, Oakfield, Ryde 1842

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel – 1844

Holy Trinity Church – 1845

All Saints’ Parish Church memorial window – 1878

Taken from the book: Ryde Isle of Wight Its Sports and Attractions:

Ryde Parish Church – Rev John Shearme MA (Vicar), Rev W R C Hamilton MA, Rev S H Woodin MA, Rev C L Blake MA.

Services – Celebration of Holy Communion, 4th Sunday in the Month, 7am; every Sunday at 8am; after Matins on every Sunday except the 4th. Matins and Sermon, 11am. Catechising, 2.45pm. Holy Baptism, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 4pm; 4th Sunday, 2.45pm. Plain Evensong and Sermon, 4pm. Choral Evensong and Sermon, 6.30pm. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Matins 8.30; Evensong 4pm. Wednesday and Friday, Matins and Litany, 11am. Evensong, 4pm.

There is a celebration of Holy Communion every Thursday at 8am and 10.30am; also on Saint’s Day at 8am and 11.45am. Holy Baptisms on Thursdays at 4m.

St Mary’s Catholic Church – Right Reverend John Baptist Cahill, Bishop of Thagora, (Rector), Rev W T Cotter, (Assistant Priest)

Services – Sundays, Mass 8am, 11am and 6.30pm. Week-days, Mass, 7.30am and 8am.

Congregational Church – Pastor – Rev Henry Coley

Services – Sunday, 11am and 6.30pm. Wednesday, 7pm.

St Michael and All Angels – Rev W J F Hanbury MA, (Vicar), Rev H R Allen MA, (Assistant Priest)

Services Sunday – Holy Eucharist, 7am and 8am; Matins and Sermon, 10.30am; Holy Eucharist, 11.30am; Children’s Service, 3.30am (sic); Evensong and Sermon, 7pm. Week-days, Holy Eucharist, 7am Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11.15am with Litany. Evensong, 5.30pm except Wednesday, 8pm.

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