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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All you need is half a pint of water in a glass, drop in a leech and tie a piece of muslin over the top.


A young couple met at the Brighton Deaf School and were later married at St. John's Church, Ryde.


Pay a visit to the corset maker in Cross Street, or the lapidary in the Colonnade. Perhaps you would rather hire a fast sailing cutter yacht or purchase a marine painting.


Ladies, we are told, are growing tired of lawn tennis. When tennis came in it was an easy, rather lazy, go-as-you-please kind of game.


What better street entertainment in the summer than a good old fashioned Punch and Judy show.


Suddenly they heard stealthy footsteps creeping up the stairs, and then moving about in the upper room. Burglars!


In 1892 transporting fresh bunches of grapes from Australia to the tables of England seemed highly possible.


The children were obliged to be taken from their beds and thrown from the upper windows, in a dark night, into the sea, amongst a tremendous surf.


In 1875 the gardener at Copse Field spotted an eagle sitting on the wall, a very rare visitor.


Surely regulations could be devised which whilst retaining the manly character of the game would reduce the undue element of danger.