Giving Ryde's past to the future

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Ryde District Heritage Centre is entirely run by volunteers.

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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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Past Events 2011

Past Events 2011

To read about forthcoming events, please go to the Calendar page.

December 9 2011 – HRS joined forces with Vernon Square Preservation Society, who came to the arcade for their annual Carols and Mince Pies event. Ryde School Brass Band provided the music, and everyone was invited to have a look around the Heritage Centre during the interval. The HRS Christmas voucher raffle also took place on Friday, and raised over £200 for the funds. Thanks to everyone involved.

December 4 2011 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – over 200 people flocked to the Masonic Hall in John Street for the fair, which has now become an established event on the HRS calendar. The raffle raised over £70, teas, coffees and refreshments over £120, and the whole event added over £500 to the funds! Well done to all involved in another successful day. To read more, click here.

December 1 2011 – Unveiling of the World Island Games Sculpture in the Royal Victoria Arcade, and visit of Ryde’s Town councillors to the Heritage Centre. To read more, click here.

November 10 2011 Open Meeting – Noel Stimson enthralled the audience with his thoughts on the sinking of the Titanic, and the resultant conspiracy theories. Tony was able to bring members up to date with the new plans for the Heritage Centre, and Diana updated the company on Membership numbers and the website. Since opening in mid-August, we have gained many new members, who are able to take advantage of our half-price offer between now and the February AGM.

Hallowe’en Paranormal Investigation – Paul, Heather and the team enthralled nearly thirty members of the public and committee members with their paranormal investigations of the inhabitants of the arcade. Over three and a half hours of contact with the spirits meant a fascinating time for all and a truly unforgettable experience – one which I’m sure will be repeated in the future! To read more please click here.

September 9 2011 Open Meeting – Adrian Searle entertained an audience of over thirty members and guests with his tales of local folklore of the Isle of Wight. By the end of the evening, he even had the audience talking in local dialect! A fascinating evening resulted in over £100 being raised for the Heritage Centre. A photograph of Adrian in full flow has been added to the fundraising events gallery page.

Royal Victorian Ryde 2011 – to read more about this event, please click here.

June 27, 28,29 2011 – Ghost Walks – Maglyn, aka our very own Lynne Phillips, led three ghost walks around Ryde in the week preceding the Royal Victorian Ryde 2011 event. As word spread, so did the popularity of the walks, and the Wednesday evening was a sell-out. Everyone remarked on how much they had enjoyed themselves, and Tony presented himself in a new light to the committee……………

April 14 2011 Open Meeting – The April talk by Steve Sweetman, of Portsmouth University, was entitled ‘In the Shadow of the Isle of Wight Dinosaurs’. This was held at the George Street Centre, Ryde, on Thursday, April 14. Steve gave a fascinating talk about all the smaller creatures sharing the Island with the more well-known, large dinosaurs, with which we are all very familiar. The island was teeming with life, from the tiniest insectivorous mammals, to the largest sauropods. A new discovery of Steve’s will be featured in the April 15 edition of the County Press. The evening raised £100 for funds.

April 6 – May 7 2011 – HRS is delighted to have been invited to have a display in Ryde Library for the month. Many thanks to Bob Elliott for this kind invitation to spread the word. More information here.

March 29 2011 – HRS committee were invited to the launch of the new late night serivce by Hovertravel. Read more here.

Ceilidh PosterMarch 19 2011 – A very successful and enjoyable ceilidh was held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne, on Saturday, March 19. Nearly £550 was raised for funds, and several people expressed an interest in joining the society. Huge congratulations to Lesley, Tina and Liz for all their hard work.

January 27, 2011 – Celebration of the successful and highly acclaimed completion of our first major project – the rotunda images in the Royal Victoria Arcade. The evening raised £100 for funds, from the sales table. All food and drinks were contributed by local businesses and individuals, to whom we are very grateful.

 

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Upcoming Events
Mar
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10:00 AM Collectors’ Fair – Masonic Hall @ Masonic Hall
Collectors’ Fair – Masonic Hall @ Masonic Hall
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Collectors’ Fair – Masonic Hall
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7:30 PM The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
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Raising funds for the Historic Centre! Doors open at 7.00 pm.
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7:30 PM Talk by Ken Hicks on An Island L... @ Yelf's Hotel
Talk by Ken Hicks on An Island L... @ Yelf's Hotel
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Talk by Ken Hicks on “An Island Legacy – Brannons views of 200 years ago, compared with the same views today” An Island Legacy – Kenneth Hicks
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7:30 PM The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
Apr 27 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Raising funds for the Historic Centre! Doors open at 7.00 pm.
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7:30 PM The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
May 25 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Raising funds for the Historic Centre! Doors open at 7.00 pm.
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7:30 PM The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
Jun 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Raising funds for the Historic Centre! Doors open at 7.00 pm.
Jul
27
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7:30 PM The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Raising funds for the Historic Centre! Doors open at 7.00 pm.
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7:30 PM The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
The Quiz! @ Yelf's Hotel
Aug 31 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Centre Opening
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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