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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 2013

Past Events 2013

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

December 27 – Pub quiz – nearly £100 was added to funds at the December quiz, held this month on a Friday, to avoid clashing with Boxing Day festivities. Thanks to all who attended.

December 8 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – The Fair raised £350 for funds. Thanks to Jerry for organising the event and Theresa and her kitchen team, as well as those who manned the door.

December 7/8 – Christmas Voucher Raffle – Liz did a wonderful job of gathering over 30 vouchers for the third year of the raffle, which raised a record £252 for funds! Thanks to all volunteers who helped out.

November 28 – Another £100 was added to the funds from the proceeds of the November quiz. A close-run fight ensued, and several committee members were in the top three teams! Well done all!

November 27 – 41 Club – 18 members of the 41 Club, based in Cowes, visited the Centre for an evening tour, and a viewing of the ice well. The volunteers were then invited to join the group for supper at Yelf’s Hotel, where HRS was presented with a cheque for £50. There was also an offer of a fireman’s whip to go with the helmets and other fire brigade paraphernalia already loaned to the Centre.

November 27 – Ryde Lions coffee morning – 12 members of the Ryde Lions group came to the Heritage Centre for a coffee morning and a guided tour of the Centre. Many thanks to Peter, Sally-Ann and Molly for their hard work in organising this successful event.

November 26 – Ryde Castle meal for volunteers – 33 volunteers and partners met up at the newly refurbished Ryde Castle Hotel to enjoy an evening out. A great evening, and HRS President, Gloria Minghella’s first night out following major surgery earlier in the autumn.

November 13 – Members’ Meeting – over 50 members and friends turned out to hear Mark Luis Earp, of the Kitbridge Trust, deliver his fascinating illustrated talk of Ryde’s history over the last 200 years. Along with a successful raffle, the evening raised over £100 for the funds. Many thanks to all who came along.

November 9 – Berno Inferno’s 70s and 80s Disco Party – Went with a swing at Ryde Town Club! If you wish you’d gone, tune in to the video clip on Youtube here! More money in the pot! Thanks to all involved in the organisation.

October 31 Pub Quiz – Another successful quiz night brought in £150 for funds! Please note the next quiz night will be on November 28, and the December quiz has been moved from the Thursday evening to the Friday, December 27, to avoid Boxing Day! If you wish to get out of the house to escape the turkey, come along and join the fun!

October 13 – Mystical Mist – a treat was in store for the sell-out crowd who came along on a miserable evening to The Blacksheep Club Lounge in Ryde. Local restaurateur Anna Sacchini chose to close Michelangelo’s Restaurant for the evening, to support Ryde District Heritage Centre. She enthralled the audience with her harp and sitar playing. At times she was accompanied in song by Rosie, who also works in Michelangelo’s, and it appeared that most of the staff, and a considerable number of their regular customers, were also in attendance! Many thanks to Annie Horne, of The Blacksheep Bar, and Island Printers, for their continuing support. The event raised £300 for the funds. More information can be found here.

September 26 – Pub quiz – a bijou crowd turned out to support the September quiz, sponsored by Busy Bee, Ryde, ahead of the opening of the new all singing-all dancing store! Thanks to Busy Bee, nearly £300 was raised for funds.

September 25House History Workshop – Another successful evening with Richard Smout, Isle of Wight Heritage Service Manager. This is now a regular event on the Historic Ryde Society calendar. It is free, but numbers are limited, so booking is essential. All being well, two further workshops will be held in the Spring. If you would like to learn more about the various avenues open to you to discover more about the history of your home, please get in touch via the Centre on 01983 717435.

September 12, 14 and 15 – Heritage Open Days 2013 – Ryde District Heritage Centre was open free of charge over three of the four designated Heritage Open Days 2013. The fourth day was taken up with a meeting of Conservation Officers from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The days proved very popular, with 300 people taking advantage of the free entry, and nearly £100 was donated over the course of the three days. HRS is delighted the lace making ladies were able to join us once again, and they were kept very busy with questions and even gained a spontaneous round of applause for their efforts! Many thanks to all volunteers who helped keep the show on the road over a hectic few days!

September 11 – Ashey Races – Guest speaker, local historian Tony Gale, delivered a wonderful, fully illustrated talk on various racecourses around the Island, with the emphasis on Ashey. The audience was amazed to learn crowds of up to 10,000 were at some race meetings held at the beginning of the 20th century! We were delighted to meet some new HRS members for the first time, and were well supported by established Society members and volunteers.

September 4 Astronomic – The Planets – Ian’s lecture this evening was about the Planets. Another entertaining evening, a relaxing social event in familiar surroundings spread the word to an even greater audience. The two events have proved very successful and reached a different market, so well done to Lesley, Graham and Liz for the planning of the two evenings. Huge thanks also to Ian, Sheila, James and Clive. Delighted to announce we made over £250 for the funds!

September 3 – Astronomic – The Stories of the Stars – Guest speaker, Ian Ridpath, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton’s Star Atlas, gave an entertaining talk about the stories behind several of the more well-known constellations. It was lovely to sit in the quaint surroundings of The Orrery – many thanks to James Bissell-Thomas – and listen to Ian, as the light faded and the stars in the ceiling began to twinkle, in harmony with those on the screen.

August 29 – Pub Quiz – once again the general public turned out to support the Society at the August quiz. We raised over £200 for the funds. This week, the photoboards which we have out on Ryde Esplanade have raised £60, which brings the total over the last two years to over £1100! This is a phenomenal amount, and HRS is delighted these boards are proving so popular with the public. The board at the wet end of the pier is proving the most popular so far….is there a challenge here?

July 25 – Pub Quiz – another good turnout despite the warm weather raised £164 for the funds. The quiz was won by a group of six holiday-makers who generously donated their winnings back to us. They all said what a thoroughly good evening they’d had, as did everyone, as usual. We forgot to take the bear! Angela thought it was Christmas, as the generous gents on her table ensured she went home with three raffle prizes!

July 7 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – A steady stream of visitors visited the Masonic Hall in John Street for the summer fair. The usual bacon rolls and home-made cakes and the raffle all helped to boost the funds.

June 27 – Pub quiz – 39 brave souls ventured out on a horrible evening to attend the June quiz. A total of £170 was raised for funds. Many thanks to Yelf’s for hosting the event as usual, and to all who attended. Name the Bear raised £9 for the Ice Well Fund, and the raffle brought in £53.

June 5 – Volunteers’ Soirée 2013 – HRS Chair Liz Jones hosted a soirée in the Heritage Centre for around twenty of the Centre’s volunteers. She stressed how important they are to the group, as the Centre would not be able to function without them.

June 5 – Ryde District Heritage Centre closed for a meeting of PUSH – Partnership of Urban South Hampshire. Eleven local authority officers held their quarterly meeting in the Heritage Centre. The Centre was also honoured by a visit from Marion Brinton, English Heritage, Guildford Office.

May 30 – Mega Pub quiz – sponsored by Barclays Bank, the monthly pub quiz raised £400, which will be match-funded by Barclays. A great success, it is hoped to attract more sponsors of the quizzes in the future. Many thanks to all who rustled up extra support!

April 27 – Grand Bricazumble – HRS’ first foray into jumble sales raised over £120 for the Ice Well fund. Well done to all concerned for their strenuous efforts – especially Brian, who spent a lot of money!!!

April 25 – Pub Quiz – competing with beautiful gardening weather for the first time this year, and a European football match, was never going to be easy! A bijou group of 14 stalwarts amazingly raised nearly £75 for funds! Well done everyone! A great result! Who would have guessed the first £5 postage stamp was produced in the 19th century? You’re never too old to learn something new….

April 10 – Open Meeting – Appalling weather affected the turnout for ‘The Snark and the Magic Cube’ talk by Brian Puttock and Cathy Bowern on Wednesday evening. However, over £100 was added to the coffers through very generous donations, membership renewals, raffle and book sales. Historic Ryde Society is very grateful to Brian and Cathy, who have offered to donate 50% of all future book sales to the Heritage Centre.

March 28 – Pub Quiz – A smaller band than usual due to the Easter holiday, but the March quiz raised over £150 for funds. Many thanks to all who turned out on a bitterly cold evening. (Also, congratulations to HRS Chair Liz for being a part of the winning team!)

March 20 – House History – Another successful and enjoyable evening was held in the Heritage Centre, led by Richard Smout, Isle of Wight Heritage Service Manager. Now a firm event on the Historic Ryde Society calendar, held three times throughout the year, a decision to hold these events in slightly warmer months will be taken after the Easter holiday!

March 7 – Coffee morning – Sixteen members of Bridget’s Group came into the Centre for a private viewing and talk from HRS volunteer and committee member Derek Tomlinson. The event was the brainchild of HRS committee member Linda McArdle, who organised the morning. More details here.

February 28 – Pub Quiz – A toast was raised to HRS member and volunteer Terry Manley, whose funeral was held this afternoon, at the February pub quiz. Over £200 was raised for funds.

February 27 – House History – The importance of booking a place was made evident on Wednesday evening when two gentlemen were left wondering how to get into the Heritage Centre, having found the front gate locked….. However, another successful free workshop was held in the Centre. Many thanks to Richard Smout for his informative and entertaining leadership.

February 13 2013 – AGM – The third HRS AGM was held in Yelf’s Hotel, and brought in nearly £400 in subscriptions and raffle. Many thanks to everyone who turned out on a cold night, to HRS President Gloria Minghella, and to the committee and volunteers for their help on the night. A delightful illustrated romp around the Island postcards of Nigh’s of Shanklin by Terry Nigh, was enthusiastically received by the assembled company. Many thanks to Yelf’s for hosting the event.

January 31 2013 – Pub Quiz – Our first event of 2013 raised over £200 for funds. Thanks very much to all who turned out for the monthly quiz. A couple of entertaining answers (correct answer in brackets): Which US General had a tank named after him: Armoured. (Sherman). Tony’s sportsmen anagram round: Carl Willing – turned out to be Will Carling! Which do you think is the better of the two? Carl Willing sounds friendlier to us!

 

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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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