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The Brigstocke China

The Brigstocke China

All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful.

Brigstoke Terrace China Group front view

The Brigstocke China comprises pieces collected by the family over many years, reflecting catholic tastes.

Brigstoke Terrace China Group side view

Brigstoke Terrace China Group reverse view

Brigstoke Terrace China Hare

Brigstoke Terrace China Horse
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The Brigstocke China All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful. The Brigstocke China comprises pieces collected by the family over many years, reflecting catholic tastes.

The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade - Victorian Timeline, the first 70 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade from the laying of the foundation stone to 1903

An etching of the original arcade frontage

1835 -May - Foundation Stone Ceremony
1836 - July - Opening Ceremony
1856 - July - Henry Knight buys the arcade for £3000
1856 - October - frontage altered
1857 - October - William Lacy the first Arcade photographer moves into a workshop in the basement
1862 -  March - Cornelius Jabez Hughes takes over Number 6 after Lacy's death, in November 1861
1864 -  Henry Knight's Fairy Fountain in the rotunda

An etching of the 1840s arcade interior

1880 - Henry patents tin opener and sells it to Crosse and Blackwell
1890 - Henry Knight goes bankrupt and hands over the arcade to his daughters
1895 - Death of Henry Knight
1903 - Arcade up for sale
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The Royal Victoria Arcade The Royal Victoria Arcade - Victorian Timeline, the first 70 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade from the laying of the foundation stone to 1903 1835 -May - Foundation Stone Ceremony 1836 - July - Opening Ceremony 1856 - July - Henry Knight buys the arcade for £3000 1856 - October - frontage altered 1857 - October - William Lacy the first Arcade photographer moves into a workshop in the basement 1862 -  March - Cornelius Jabez Hughes takes over Number 6 after Lacy's death, in November 1861 1864 -  Henry Knight's Fairy Fountain in the rotunda 1880 - Henry patents tin opener and sells it to Crosse and Blackwell 1890 - Henry Knight goes bankrupt and hands over the arcade to his daughters 1895 - Death of Henry Knight 1903 - Arcade up for sale

Original Logo

Original Logo

The original artwork for the logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on two shelters on Ryde Pier, and adapted by Depth.

Historic Ryde Society Logo

The original logo copyright Lynne Phillips

Cyril the Sea Serpent on Ryde Pier

 
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Original Logo The original artwork for the logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on two shelters on Ryde Pier, and adapted by Depth.  

Royal Ryde

Royal Ryde

Royal Ryde, the link to Queen Victoria.

The Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria, first brought her to stay at Norris Castle on the Isle of Wight in 1831. When it was decided to build the arcade in Ryde, Princess Victoria was asked whether she would agree to it being named for her. This is why, at the rear of the arcade, there is a window with a monogram PV - Princess Victoria.

The Princess Victoria Window Royal Victoria Arcade

The crest on the front of the arcade is that of Princess Victoria. A similar crest can be seen in Bath, much smaller and less colourful than the one in Ryde. The lion and the unicorn are also facing different directions.

Etching from 1874 of Crown Prince and Princess

 
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Royal Ryde Royal Ryde, the link to Queen Victoria. The Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria, first brought her to stay at Norris Castle on the Isle of Wight in 1831. When it was decided to build the arcade in Ryde, Princess Victoria was asked whether she would agree to it being named for her. This is why, at the rear of the arcade, there is a window with a monogram PV - Princess Victoria. The crest on the front of the arcade is that of Princess Victoria. A similar crest can be seen in Bath, much smaller and less colourful than the one in Ryde. The lion and the unicorn are also facing different directions.  

Royal visitors

Royal Visitors in Ryde


It is said that the Duchess of Kent first brought her daughter to the Isle of Wight so that she did not attend the coronation of her Uncle, William IV. On this, and subsequent occasions, they stayed at Norris Castle, in East Cowes.

It is also known that Victoria used rooms in The Royal Kent Hotel, now the Royal Squadron, on at least one occasion.

Etching of the Royal Kent Hotel, Union Street, Ryde
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Royal Visitors in Ryde It is said that the Duchess of Kent first brought her daughter to the Isle of Wight so that she did not attend the coronation of her Uncle, William IV. On this, and subsequent occasions, they stayed at Norris Castle, in East Cowes. It is also known that Victoria used rooms in The Royal Kent Hotel, now the Royal Squadron, on at least one occasion.

RYDE TREASURES

RYDE TREASURES


All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful.

A gown worn by a recent Mayor of the Borough of Ryde.

Ryde Borough Mayor's Robe

Ryde Town Sergeant's Hat.

Ryde Town Sargent Top Hat

 
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RYDE TREASURES All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful. A gown worn by a recent Mayor of the Borough of Ryde. Ryde Town Sergeant's Hat.  

Ryde Entertainment

Ryde Entertainment

Fine Art Exhibition at Ryde 1881

The inhabitants of 19th century Ryde enjoyed entertainment............... Bands played on the pier every evening, There were plays in the Theatre, concerts in the Town Hall, lectures and exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms and circuses on the Strand from the 1850s onwards. Local gentry also held balls and soirees in their homes - descriptions of which appeared in the local press the following week. Celebrities came from Paris and London to appear in Ryde - Mrs Jordan, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, General Tom Thumb, The Christy Minstrels all appeared in Ryde following successful runs in London and over seas........Ryde was the place to be after London, Paris, New York! Hairdressers and other businessmen also followed the same route.
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Ryde Entertainment The inhabitants of 19th century Ryde enjoyed entertainment............... Bands played on the pier every evening, There were plays in the Theatre, concerts in the Town Hall, lectures and exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms and circuses on the Strand from the 1850s onwards. Local gentry also held balls and soirees in their homes - descriptions of which appeared in the local press the following week. Celebrities came from Paris and London to appear in Ryde - Mrs Jordan, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, General Tom Thumb, The Christy Minstrels all appeared in Ryde following successful runs in London and over seas........Ryde was the place to be after London, Paris, New York! Hairdressers and other businessmen also followed the same route.

Railings

Railings

Cyril the sea Serpent on Ryde Pier

The railings on the pier were installed in 1895. It is believed the shelters were built at the same time, by Isaac Barton, a Mayor of Ryde, to a design by local architect Thomas Hellyer. Cyril the sea serpent is the guide for the Children's Page of the website.
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Railings The railings on the pier were installed in 1895. It is believed the shelters were built at the same time, by Isaac Barton, a Mayor of Ryde, to a design by local architect Thomas Hellyer. Cyril the sea serpent is the guide for the Children's Page of the website.

Local Newspapers

Local Newspapers

Ventilator Royals visit July 19 1873

Ryde and the Isle of Wight have a long history of local newspaper printing. The Isle of Wight Observer was begun in 1846, although not established until 1852.  It was printed at The Colonnade, Ryde by George and subsequently, Hannah Butler. From the first issue, Fashionable Lists were printed weekly to show residents and visitors who was in town. The Isle of Wight Times, Ventilator, Mercury, Isle of Wight Advertiser, and County Press followed at later dates. These newspapers, or images of them, can be consulted at the Isle of Wight County Record Office, Newport.

There are also newspapers with Isle of Wight articles which can be viewed on the British Library website British Newspapers Online
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Local Newspapers Ryde and the Isle of Wight have a long history of local newspaper printing. The Isle of Wight Observer was begun in 1846, although not established until 1852.  It was printed at The Colonnade, Ryde by George and subsequently, Hannah Butler. From the first issue, Fashionable Lists were printed weekly to show residents and visitors who was in town. The Isle of Wight Times, Ventilator, Mercury, Isle of Wight Advertiser, and County Press followed at later dates. These newspapers, or images of them, can be consulted at the Isle of Wight County Record Office, Newport. There are also newspapers with Isle of Wight articles which can be viewed on the British Library website British Newspapers Online

Historic Photographs

Historic Photographs

Young Boy by Matthews

Child photographed by Matthews
Child photographed by Matthews

Child on a horse Photographed by Knight

More  historic photographs appear in the  Galleries.

Child photographed by Knight
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Historic Photographs More  historic photographs appear in the  Galleries.
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Entertainment and Leisure

Leisure and Entertainment

Ryde in the 19th century was a very entertaining place to be! In the season, bands played every day on the pier, plays and burlesques were performed in the theatre, there were exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms, (now Town Chambers in Lind Street), and balls and concerts in the Town Hall! On the Poetry page you will see a poem written by a lady bemoaning the fact a whole year has gone by without a Fancy Ball……….this was a rare event. In the local newspapers, lists of attendees were published, which included a full description of costumes of both ladies and gentlemen. On this page, we’ll be explaining how the residents of 19th century Ryde spent their leisure time. You may be quite jealous!

Leisure in the 1850s

Leisure in the 1860s

Leisure in the 1870s

Leisure in the 1880s

Leisure in the 1890s

The “Old Madrid” Fancy Fair, April 1907

The Old Madrid part 2

Leisure in the 1900s

ISLE OF WIGHT OBSERVER 19th FEBRUARY 1876

“SPELLING BEE”

Another of these interesting entertainments was given at the Town Hall, on Thursday evening, on which occasion the large room was well filled, and we have no doubt that as a result of the entertainment the Royal Isle of Wight Infirmary and the School of Art will be benefitted to a considerable extent, the proceeds being devoted to these two excellent institutions. The chair was taken by the Mayor (B BARROW Esq.); and Dr J RICHARDS Esq., acted as interrogator, and Alfred WOODWARD, Esq., and Mr W B SMITH as referees. The words were much better selected than on the last occasion, and there could not now be many complaints of a lack of fairness. After the Mayor had opened the meeting, the first competition for the juniors (ie those under 16 years of age) commenced. There were about 25 young girls and 25 lads, and with these Mr RICHARDS, who was an admirable interrogator, soon began to deal. “Phaeton”, “furlough”, “clergy” and “axiom” (spelt acciom), “nucleus”, “rhythm”, “indict” (spelt indite), and a number of other similar words, soon removed more than one half of the competitors from the platform. “Sirloin” was spelt correctly, but the Mayor said he would give a prize to anyone who would tell him how the joint came by the name. Two or three answers came from different parts of the room. King Charles II was dining off this particular joint, on one occasion, and declared it to be so good that he said he would knight it, which he did and it had ever since been called sirloin. “Altar” (for alter) soon sent another off; as did also carboine (for carboy), rapsody (for rhapsody), sensorious (for censorious), sycholl (for cycle); hyatus (for hiatus), which was some of the worst spelling of the juniors. The girls were certainly the best spellers, and soon the number was reduced to five – three girls and two boys – the number of prizes. The next competition was to see who would take first and second prize &c. Before this took place, however, Mrs GURNELL favoured the audience with the good old song, “My lodgings are on the cold, cold ground,” which she sang with great sweetness and taste. In response to the loud encore, she gave “I’d be a butterfly”.

JULY 1904

ALTERATIONS AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, RYDE. – Mr J BANNISTER HOWARD, the new proprietor, has spared no expense in cleaning and re-decorating the Theatre Royal. The work has not been done in a perfunctory manner, but the lower part of the Theatre, beneath the stage and pit, has been thoroughly cleaned out, and we understand over three tons of paper and rubbish have been cleared away. The dressing rooms have been cleaned and whitewashed, and the machinery under the stage seen to. Mr H LEONARD, the acting manager, discovered a passage, intended to give access, when the house is crowded, to the side of the pit, but it had evidently never been used. An extra gallery entrance and exit to the street is being made on the front of the Theatre, and the newly used entrance to the stalls from Lind Street has been repapered and decorated. The new paper which has been placed on the walls of the Theatre, is a Japanese embossed pattern, which looks rich without being too gaudy. In fact the whole of the decorations are in very good taste. We trust Mr BANNISTER HOWARD will find the new seats he has been able to add to the pit stalls and pit appreciated and well filled.
(The Theatre Royal burned to the ground in May, 1961. The National Westminster Bank was built in its place.)

The postcard below shows members of Ryde Amateur Dramatic Society in “The Peacemaker” Town Halls, Ryde, April 17, 18 and 19, 1907.

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HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester opened the first extension of Ryde District Heritage Centre on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andrew and Brian chat to HRH The Duke of Gloucester and the Lord Lieutenant

The logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on the two shelters on Ryde Pier, and digitised by Depth.

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