Giving Ryde's past to the future

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11am - 4pm

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Ryde District Heritage Centre is entirely run by volunteers.

Stair Lift Facility

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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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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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Past Events 2012

Past Events 2012

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

December 27 2012 – Pub Quiz – A healthy turn-out for the Christmas quiz raised over £150 for funds. Thanks to all who came out on a windy night to support Historic Ryde Society.

December 6 – 9 2012 – Dickensian Christmas event and Grand Voucher raffle- The voucher raffle raised £230 this year. Many thanks to all busineses in Ryde which were generous with donations. As part of the Ryde Business Association’s Christmas event, Ryde District Heritage Centre hosted Santa’s Grotto over the four days. Over 100 children came in to see Father Christmas, so many thanks to him, his elves, and Windmill Carriages for stepping in at the last minute, when his sleigh broke down!

December 2 2012 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – Despite a bitterly cold day, nearly 150 people turned up at the Masonic Hall, John Street, helping to raise £400 for funds. Thanks to all concerned, especially the volunteers.

November 29 2012 – Pub Quiz – Our monthly quizzes are continuing to attract a regular following and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. The Ryde history rounds remain a thorn in much flesh, so all the more reason for everyone to get down to the Heritage Centre and learn a bit more about it!

November 21 2012 – House History workshop with Richard Smout – another popular and successful event, which is now a regular on the Historic Ryde Society calendar. Free workshop, highlighting various resources available locally and online, which will assist in tracing the history of your home. Further free workshops will take place in the spring and autumn of 2013. More details in due course.

November 1 2012 – Rock ‘n Roll night – Another brilliant night, although the audience could and should have been bigger….to acknowledge the hard work put into the organisation of this event. More here.

October 25 2012 – Pub Quiz – Nearly 50 people took part in the October quiz at Yelf’s Hotel. The raffle raised a healthy £59, to bring the takings for the evening to nearly £200. Many thanks to Tony and Tony for the questions – we need more geography next time!

October 24 2012 – Dorothy O’Grady – The Spy from the Sea – over 50 members and visitors came to listen to Adrian Searle’s fascinating talk about the Isle of Wight’s WWII spy – or was she? Sandy proved she had been listening very attentively, and won a copy of the book, giving the correct answer to Adrian’s question at the end. Over £60 was raised from donations and the raffle, for the Heritage Centre. Many thanks to all who came out on a dreary evening.

October 13 2012 – Variety Show Garfield Road Methodist church – Over 60 turned out to enjoy The Arcadians’ latest offering for the Heritage Centre. Many thanks to Liz and the team for all their hard work. The sketches were excellent, the singing very jolly, and all in all a wonderful event which boosted the funds for the centre.

October 5 2012 – Disco Fever – A small but enthusiastic crowd braved the rain to boogie on down to the Balcony at Ryde for the Disco Fever event. A first event for HRS at this popular venue, which was a good start to our musical evenings.

September 27 2012 – Yelf’s pub quiz – a smaller uptake than normal, but we still managed to raise well over £100 for funds. Thanks to all committee and volunteers who turned out to help, and to everyone who turned out! Also – Happy Birthday to Vice Chair Brian!

September 21 2012 – Design Charrette – RDHC hosted a one day Design Charrette organised by architects Andrew and Beth Laitt of Depth Ltd. More details can be found here.

September 6 – 9 2012 – Heritage Open Days – (HOD) and Open meeting – Heritage Open Days 2012 was the first time RDHC has taken part in this National event. The Centre was very busy, and the event did much to raise the profile of what HRS is doing. The ladies from the lace-making group proved very popular. In the evening, members and friends enjoyed an interesting and amusing talk by IW County Archivist, Richard Smout, on Island Diaries and Correspondence. Richard was able to draw on around 200 diaries deposited with the IW Heritage Service, but was also able to include one of the diaries in the care of HRS in his talk. This is a diary written in 1845, by the then 19 year old Archibald Clarke, sent on a reconnaissance mission to Belgium by his cotton manufactory owning family. During this visit, he visited the last resting place of the Marquis of Anglesey’s leg, following its amputation after the Battle of Waterloo. More about the weekend can be foundhere.

August 30 2012 – Pub Quiz – The third HRS quiz, and the first of the regular monthly quizzes, to be held at Yelf’s Hotel on the last Thursday of the month, raised over £200 for funds. Many thanks to Yelf’s for the use of the room for these events.

August 10 2012 – Volunteers’ Soirée – HRS President, Gloria Minghella MBE DL JP hosted a soirée for RDHC volunteers, to thank them for all their hard work over the first year of opening, of Ryde District Heritage Centre. Photographs on the Events gallery page.

July 14 2012 – Temples of convenience – a history of the lavatory – 100 members, friends and general public came to hear Lucinda Lambton’s talk at All Saints’ Church. The first, hopefully of many, HRS events to be held at this venue.

July 13 2012 – The Start of the Pier Show – HRS held its second pub quiz in Yelf’s Hotel, Union Street, when over £200 was raised for the Heritage Centre. Thanks to Yelf’s for the use of the room, and to all those who came to support this event.

July 8 2012 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair, Masonic Hall, John Street. Nearly 200 people attended this event, which was kindly sponsored by Collectors’ Haven, Royal Victoria Arcade.

July 3 2012 – Ryde District Heritage Centre was opened by HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

May 23 2012 – In October 2011, HRS was invited to take part in the 2012 Civic Service. We created a ten minute Powerpoint presentation about working together in Ryde – a show of community groups through the years working together for the common good. The presentation was very well received, and again the profile of the Heritage Centre and Historic Ryde Society was raised throughout the town and beyond.

May 18 2012 – Historic Ryde Society was pleased to be shortlisted for the Community Action Awards 2012. The awards ceremony was held at the Riverside Centre on Friday, May 18, when we were placed runner up in the Arts and Heritage category, behind the Quay Arts Centre. A fantastic opportunity for networking increased our public profile across the Island.

April 12 2012 – Due to the fire at the Ryde Castle hotel in March, the venue for our April meeting had to be changed at short notice, and we are very grateful to Annie and the team at the Black Sheep, who stepped in to offer us a venue. Despite appalling weather, over 40 turned out for Tony Gale’s fascinating talk on Ryde’s election riots. Over £75 was raised through raffle and memberships, and everyone had a very enjoyable evening. We’ll practice with the projector before Lucinda’s talk in July, though, so don’t worry! It’s a new toy at present!

March 24 2012 – The Arcadians played another blinder at Smallbrook Stadium and had their audience in stitches, with their Tribute to the Musicals. Read more here. Over £250 was raised, so many thanks to Ron Watts.

March 8 2012 – Another successful House History workshop with Richard Smout, County Archivist, attracted 12 enthusiastic researchers.

February 23 2012 – Sixty members and friends gathered at Ryde Castle Hotel to take part in HRS’s first pubquiz. The event raised £250 for funds, and will definitely be on the calendar from now on!

February 16 2012 – Richard Smout led a very successful House History workshop in the Centre. To read more, click here.

February 2 2012 – The first meeting of 2012 was the AGM, held in Ryde Castle Hotel. Fifty nine folk braved a bitterly cold night to come and listen to Roger Whitby Smith’s talk on Regency Ryde. Over £420 was raised through subscription renewals, new memberships and the raffle. Many thanks to Julian, Emma and the Ryde Castle team for their hospitality. Roger has agreed to lead guided walks around the town later in the year, so details will follow in due course.

 

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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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