Fernao de Castel Branco was the self-styled Count of Ryde. He was from an aristocratic Portuguese family and lived in St. Thomas’ Street. He took thousands of photographs on just about every topic you could think of – as well as people and places, his many cars, his tie-pin, clock and model railway collections. The Count’s photograph collection is now owned by Carisbrooke Castle Museum.
Image believed to be that of the Count’s former residence in St. Thomas’ Street, donated to the RSHG Archive by a private collector.