Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Fresh Look for Photo of the Month

Idol & Gate Holy Cross Binstead

The first photo of the month appeared on our website in April 2006 and it featured daffodils in Ryde Cemetery. Our original idea was that the photo of the month would be predominantly related to nature and the seasons. Eleven years later we have pretty much exhausted frosty winters, signs of spring, summer meadows with butterflies and colours of autumn. There is a limit to how much can be said about crocuses in spring or autumn – lovely as they always are!

We have therefore decided to branch out with our monthly photo feature and provide a bit more variety. Over the next few months we are planning to focus on interesting architecture within the Ryde area. We hope this will encourage people to look around and perhaps even go to find the building or monument depicted.

Here’s an example of what’s to come and you will see we haven’t abandoned daffodils completely but are viewing them through the very interesting gateway at Holy Cross Church, Binstead. The Holy Cross Idol has been a subject of controversy for centuries, although thought to be Saxon, it relates to an earlier pagan symbol yet is incorporated within a Christian building.

Photograph by Tracy Welstead