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The new stairlift officially opened on 23rd of May 2014 by Ryde’s Mayor at the time, Cllr Roi Milburn.
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Original Logo

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

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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.

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
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Military News from the early 1900s

1900s Military News

The new century began with news of Ryde’s Volunteers at the Front in South Africa.

Isle of Wight Observer January 19 1901

Military News from the early 1900s

A letter has been received by Mr Poole, of Green Street, Ryde, from Private C Poole, dated Pretoria, December 20th. The writer says. “I hope you will have a good time this Christmas. I cannot say anything about our Christmas yet, as it wants five days to it; but from what I can see, I don’t think there will be any difference between Christmas here and any other day. There is a yarn going that we shall have two pints of beer a man, but I don’t know how far it is true. I hope it is right, as it will be quite a treat to have a drop. Yesterday we had a parcel from Mrs Seely, containing socks, tobacco, pipes and handkerchief, which was a very nice little present. I don’t know what to say about our coming home, but it looks further off than ever, as troops that have been sent down country have returned since General Clements’ fight at Rietfontein. I think I said in my last letter that we could hear big guns. That was when General Clements had rather a tough job on at Rietfontein, which is not many miles from where we are. I have not heard a full account of it yet, but must wait for the English papers to see all about it. Since that affair we have been well on the alert, standing to arms, with all equipment on, from 3 till 6 am, and our picquets have seen several small parties of Boers knocking about. I am still keeping in good health, but Mew has been very ill with enteric. I think he is getting better now.”

Observer February 2 1901

Observer February 2 1901

Mrs Weeks, of Union Street, has also received a letter from her son, Sergeant W E Weeks, who also speaks of having been fortunate enough to receive from Mrs Seely (the wife of Col Seely), a parcel, and also a Christmas hamper from home. It is very fortunate the latter was forwarded, because only a day or so after it was despatched, a letter was received from Sergeant Weeks, stating that he was coming home with Lord Roberts, and his friends quite anticipated that the parcels sent would never reach him.
Mrs Weeks has also heard from her second son, Mr J Weeks, of the South African Light Horse, who is now the Sergeant-Major of his troop, a position which he formerly occupied in the Canadian Mounted Police. He appears to have had some exciting experiences, and several narrow escapes. On one occasion his horse bolted, and he had to catch it under the fire of a number of Boers on a neighbouring kopje. It is thought probable he took part in the recent fighting at Murraysburg.

The article appeared in the Isle of WIght Observer, February 2 1901. ‘W E Weeks thanks his customers for past favours, and trusts that during his absence on active service in South Africa with the Isle of Wight Volunteers his friends will continue to extend to him their kind support as heretofore’.

A letter from Sergeant Weeks addressed to the Deputy Governor of the Island appeared in the Isle of Wight Observer of June 16, 1900:
Vet River,
Orange Free State
May 16th 1900

Dear Sir, I am in receipt of your letter dated 5th April and am requested by the members of the IW Section of the 1st Vol Co Hants Regiment, to thank you and the members of the committee for their kindness in sending us the articles you mention. They have not yet arrived and it is doubtful whether we shall get them for some time. Still we are none the less grateful to think we are being remembered by our fellow citizens.  We left De Doorns on the 3rd inst., and arrived at Bloemfontein on the 6th, left there on the 7th and arrived at Brandfort on the same day. Left Brandfort on the 9th and arrived here on the same day. The bridge across the Vet river having been blown up by the Boers a few days previously it became necessary to deviate the railway and cross the river further down. This was done by the Royal engineers and our company had to assist them. The deviation was about two miles, and three bridges had to be built and the bed of the road made. Our work was mostly excavation, carrying sleepers and laying rails. The line was completed on the morning of the 13th, and we were complimented by the officers of the Royal Engineers for the assistance we rendered. We have been under orders to move from here since Sunday, but we can never tell when we are to move until we are actually in the train, as orders are frequently cancelled. To-day we have been burying horses and cattle which have been lying in the river and on the veldt. It is not a nice job, but a very necessary one. Again thanking you I have the honour to remain,
Your obedient servant.
Wm Edgar Weeks
Sergt. Vol. Co. Hants. Reg
September 1900 – news from the Front

January 1901 – Outpost duty

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