This building was opened as a pub in 1868 and it closed in 1963.
1871 Census shows Harry Withington at the Atlantic “Public” High Street, Ryde, he was a 43-year-old tea merchant, born in Lancashire. He died in 1899. The exploits of this rather unusual character can be read at the link below:
1901 Census shows Thomas Wilkes at the Atlantic Inn, High Street, Ryde, he was a 50-year-old Licenced Victualler, born in Manchester. He died in 1924. He was living with his wife and son. Further details at the link below:
1953-1958 According to memories kindly written by Colin Shaw, and which can be viewed in the Ryde Social Heritage Archives, Colin moved into the Atlantic with his parents, three sisters and a brother in 1953, which his parents ran as a hotel until 1958.
A brief description he gave states “The Atlantic Hotel as a building was on 3 stories. Comprising of a cellar, public bar and kitchen. Above that on the top floor, was our living area, and 4 bedrooms. To the rear of the hotel building we had a large garden and at the top a garage. Running up beside Bank Gardens.” (There is a great deal more about the people and close vicinity in the RSHG Archives.)
At some point later, it was used as a Hairdressers, and now converted to private accommodation.
Photographed Nov 2017 by Tracy Welstead