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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Christmas is coming so time to consider what presents to buy. Have a look at newspaper articles from the early 20th century to see what was popular then.


Ryde Rowing Club members hardly knew whether to laugh or cry when their 85th annual regatta got off to an unusual start on Sunday.


A baby show, under the patronage of a Princess, must have lifted the mood for mothers whose husbands were far from home in the summer of 1917.


The Isle of Wight Observer ran a column entitled 'Pictorial Humour' which, during the dark days of the First World War, must have brought smiles to people's faces.


For many in the mid nineteenth century, new inventions meant little and life remained unchanged.