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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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.


In mid-Victorian England ice skating was a most popular and enjoyable form of entertainment. There were seasonal outdoor rinks and modern technology led to the development of indoor rinks.


Alan Clarke, grandson of Andrew Midlane, contacted us recently and was happy to share some of his memories of visiting Ryde in the 1940s and 50s.