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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 2015

Past Events 2015

December 29 2015 – The Quiz – the last event of 2015 raised over £150 for the Centre thanks to nearly 40 who turned out this evening. Thanks to Chris Ody for taking over in Linda and Tony’s absence. Since the first quiz – held at Ryde Castle in February 2012, over £6000 has been raised for the Heritage Centre.

November 29 2015 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – Thanks to everyone for turning out for this first fair since Tony’s death. Nearly £100 raised for the Society.

November 26 2015 – Pub quiz – Thanks to all who supported this event. Over £100 raised for the Society.

November 20 2015 – A presentation about transport in bygone Ryde was given to over 30 members of Clarries Club in East Cowes. Thanks to all the volunteers involved.

November 16 2015 – The Isle of Wight Rifles in 1915. An audience of nearly 30 souls turned out on a miserable evening to hear Island historian John Medland talk about the role of the Isle of Wight Rifles in WWI. Over £100 was raised for the Society. Thanks to all involved.

October 29 2015 – Many thanks to all those who came to raise a glass to Tony and Martin at the quiz. Tony, as quizmaster, and Martin, as regular attendee, will both be sorely missed at these events, but over 50 people ensured they won’t be forgotten. £185 was raised. Thanks to Tony and Linda for a wonderful evening. Question: Who is bigger? Mr Bigger, Mrs Bigger, or their baby? Answer: the baby – who’s a little Bigger……:D Brilliant!

October 1 2015 – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation – Historic Ryde Society was delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant, many of the Deputy Lieutenants, spouses, members of Island Councils and other dignitaries and friends to the Royal Victoria Arcade for this event. More details here.

September 24 2015 – Monthly quiz – Thanks to young Tony and Linda for running the monthly quiz, in Tony’s continued absence due to ill-health. 36 stalwarts raised over £150 for the Society. Many thanks to all involved.

September 23 2015 – Life and Death on the Mary Rose – Nearly 50 came along to Yelf’s Hotel to hear Trevor Sapey, of The Mary Rose Trust, tell the story of Henry VIII’s flagship.

September 22 2015 – Presentation to Ryde Lions – Bob White, one of the volunteers involved in the creation of the book ‘Your Journey into Ryde’ was invited to give a presentation to Ryde Lions.

September 20 2015 – Classic Car Rally – Thanks to Brian, Sandy, John, David and Molly for manning the stall at this year’s Classic Car Rally. A beautiful day brought out the crowds, and over £100 was raised for the Society.

August 27 2015 – Monthly quiz – Thanks to Tony and Linda for organising the August quiz in Tony the elder’s absence. Many thanks also to the loyal followers for proving the naysayers wrong! Over thirty turned out on Ryde Carnival night to support Historic Ryde, raising nearly £150 for the Society.

July 30 2015 – Monthly quiz – In the absence of the Tonys…once luckily on holiday, the other sadly in hospital – Linda very kindly agreed to host the July quiz. Over 30 joined us for the evening, which raised nearly £130 for the Society! Many thanks to all who came along to support Historic Ryde.

July 22 2015 – The Real Sherlock Holmes – Angela Buckley, Chair of the Society of Genealogists, HRS member and fellow Twitter fan, came to talk to a wonderful audience of 60 about Victorian supersleuth Joseph Caminada. Joseph’s story and Angela’s tales delighted the audience, and the event raised nearly £400 for the Society.

July 5 2015 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – Nearly 100 people attended the fair at the Masonic Hall this month. Not as busy as usual, due to so many other events being held on the Island over the weekend, the fair nevertheless raised nearly £100 for the Society. Thanks to Jerry, Tony and all who helped with the event.

July 2 2015 – Monthly quiz – Due to another event being held on the last Thursday of June, the monthly quiz was postponed until July 2! Two chances of a quiz night this month, as the next will be held on July 30! A smaller crowd than usual turned out, but the event still raised £100 for the Society.

June 4 2015 – Volunteer Week Soirée 2015 – A very special soirée this year, as Historic Ryde Society volunteers celebrate the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service! More can be read here.

June 3 2015 – Churches Together in Ryde Civic Service – All Saints’ Church, Ryde. Canon Graham Morris opened the service and welcomed honoured guests and the congregation. He then went on to make the announcement of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Historic Ryde Society. HRS had a display of VE Day in Ryde at the service. Ryde Mayor Cllr Roi Milburn commenced his second year of duty.

June 2 2015 – Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service announcement in The Gazette, on the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953. It’s official!

May 28 2015 – Royal Garden Party – Having been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Tony and Diana attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on behalf of Historic Ryde Society. Present at the party were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Princess Royal…..and about 8000 other people….. A wonderful, but breezy! day, was had by all.

May 28 2015 – Pub Quiz – HRS was delighted to welcome Chris Ody to host the monthly quiz once again. Around 30 people attended the quiz and nearly £150 was raised for the Society.

May 20 2015 – Cream Tea and Babycham Night – Nearly 80 came to hear Philip Norman’s memories of his childhood on Ryde Pier. Over £400 was raised for the Society. More details can be found here.

May 9 2015 – VE Day 70 celebrations – John and David represented HRS at the celebrations at Puckpool to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. A wet morning gave way to a lovely afternoon, although the stall didn’t receive many visitors. Some sales were made, however, to make the event worthwhile.

April 30 2015 Pub Quiz – 34 quiz enthusiasts came out on a chilly night and raised a very similar amount to last month’s effort! We were delighted to welcome some new blood to the quiz, and were assured they’d be back! Thanks to all concerned for their continued support.

March 26 2015 Pub Quiz – The March quiz saw 30 regulars at Yelf’s Hotel raise nearly £130 for the Society’s funds. Thanks again to everyone who came to support the quiz, and to the two Tonys for their unstinting work in compiling the rounds.

March 20 2015 – Outreach talk – A talk was given to Clarrie’s Club, in East Cowes. Around thirty members of the Club arrived to watch a presentation of the story of Historic Ryde Society and the development of the Heritage Centre. Brian gave the talk and was supported by David, Alan and John.

March 17 2015 – Members’ Meeting – Roger Whitby-Smith presented the first of our two WWI Centenary talks for 2015. The Phantom Flotilla told the true story of the Naval Africa Expedition of 1915/16, led by Commander Geoffrey Spicer-Simson,  which defeated a superior German force during the Battle for Lake Tanganyika. The evening raised over £100 for the Society. The second WWI talk will be about the role of the Isle of Wight Rifles in 1915. John Medland will deliver this talk at Yelf’s, on Monday, November 16, 7 for 7:30.

March 2 2015 – Re-opening – The Heritage Centre re-opened after a period of closure for redecoration. Although the work has not been completed, the rest of the Centre is still available for visitors.

February 26 2015 – Pub Quiz – The second quiz of the year attracted 40 plus once again, and over £150 was raised for the Society.

February 11 2015 – Historic Ryde Society AGM – Around 30 members attended the AGM. HRS was delighted to welcome new President, Gioia Minghella-Giddens to her first AGM at the helm. She spoke very movingly of how much the Society meant to her late mother, Gloria, who was the Society’s first President. The Trustees were re-elected en bloc.

January 29 2015 -Pub Quiz – Over 40 enthusiasts turned out for the first quiz of the New Year. Over £160 was raised for the Society.

January 21 2015 – Members’ Meeting – Over 40 members and guests were delighted with Terry Nigh’s presentation of previously unseen plates taken by his grandfather in the early 20th century. This was the first event for Historic Ryde of 2015, and started the year’s programme with a bang!

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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

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