Features & Stories
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.
What a variety of Christmas gifts there were in1899. From a Pompadour jewel case or a skunk fur necklet to scent and handkerchiefs. News also of gifts from Councillor Whittaker and the Queen.
Silks, satins and wispy shawls were very popular in the mid to late 1830s, where better to buy them than at S. Stephens' in Union Street, Ryde. Their range of Parisian goods were particularly desirable.
Another year when families in Ryde suffered great loss. All adding to the continuing death toll of war and those left, wondering, " When will it end and what is it all for?"
A newspaper advert from 180 years ago praises Arenean Soap, which is the result of chemical and geological research in the Isle of Wight, among whose enchanting cliffs a substance of a saponaceous nature has recently been discovered.