Arcade excitement mounts….
Hampshire Newpapers 1830s
Hants Advertiser January 16 1836 – THE ROYAL VICTORIA ARCADE – The exterior of this handsome building being finished, the scaffolding has been removed, and it is now exposed to public view. It is a chaste and elegant design; how could it be otherwise when Westmacott is the architect; but it should have been at least two feet higher, as the adjoining houses at present over-top it.
Hants Telegraph January 30 1836 – So anxious is the Proprietor of the Arcade, that the building shall be early completed, and its extensive interior arrangement finished, that it may be inhabited prior to the season commencing; that for some time past the workmen employed, have continued their labours by candle light.
Hants Advertiser September 10 1836 – The new exhibition room of the Royal Victoria Arcade will open on Monday. We hear it will contain the contributions of several excellent artists.
Isle of Wight and General Yacht Club Gazette – July 6 1839 – THE ROYAL VICTORIA ARCADE – We hope the spirited individuals who have taken the large room at the RVA, for a public promenade, will meet with that encouragement they deserve. Our town derives its support from visitors, and yet the inhabitants of this beautiful town have scarcely done anything for their amusements.