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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Isle of Wight Observer: May 4th 1867:  H.M.S. CHANTICLEER – This fine screwship of 950 tons 200 horse-power, and mounting 17 guns, commanded by Capt. W. W. S. BRIDGES, arrived at Spithead on Friday last, from Woolwich, on her way to South America.  Capt. BRIDGES was lately the inspector of the Coastguard at Ryde, and


Isle of Wight Observer:- Apr 6th 1867:  PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS – The prosperity of the town in the increase of its buildings, especially when of a good class.  Several excellent properties are in course of construction for Mr. D. BARNES in George-street.  The block of buildings in Union-street, which we lately noticed, and the large hotel


Isle of Wight Observer:- Mar 9th 1867:  TO LET – Ashley House, Strand, handsomely furnished, with every accommodation for a Gentleman’s family.  Contains three Reception Rooms (the drawing and breakfast rooms having south windows), 11 Bed Rooms (making up 14 beds), and excellent basement accommodation.  For terms apply to E. MARVIN and Sons, House Agents,


Isle of Wight Observer:- Feb 2nd 1867:  OPENING OF MR YELF’S GARDEN – We see that the dilapidated stables in Church-lane are being removed, so that we presume there is now some serious thoughts of this long-talked-of improvement being affected. Of its advantages there can be no possible doubt in every respect. Feb 2nd 1867: 


Isle of Wight Observer:- Jan 5th 1867:  ST. MARIE’S CHURCH – The birth of the new year, like many of its predecessors, was ushered in by ringing of the bells of this church, by permission of the Rev. Dean PHILLIPS, the pastor. Jan 5th 1867:  YORK HOTEL – For sixteen years past Mr. OLDFIELD, the


Isle of Wight Observer:- Dec 8th 1866:  THE THEATRE – The members of the United Services Dramatic Club gave a performance at this favorite place of amusement on Monday evening.  The house was crowded with a brilliant array of rank and fashion. The performance being in every respect a brilliant success, each scene having been


Isle of Wight Observer:- Nov 3rd 1866:  FASHIONABLE INTELLIGENCE – Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG (Apley Towers) entertained a grand party on Friday evening last.  Mr. C. W. SALTER presided at the pianoforte;  Sir Charles and Lady LOCOCK have left their residence, Binstead, for Brighton. Nov 3rd 1866:  AMATEUR MUSICAL SOCIETY – We understand that the


Isle of Wight Observer:- Oct 6th 1866:  THATCHED HOUSE TAVERN – of Cross-street, Ryde, Sale of the whole of the Household Furniture, 4-pull Beer Engine, Bagatelle Table (by Rayner), and other effects of the above premises, without reserve.  W. H. WALLIS will sell by auction, on the premises, on Tuesday October 16, 1866. Oct 6th


Isle of Wight Observer:- Sept 1st 1866:  ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH – The new incumbent, the Rev. Hooker WIX, with a view of restoring the church to its proper position, has set most earnestly to work amongst the people of the district, and the congregation has in consequence largely increased. Sept 1st 1866:  WANTON MISCHIEF –


Isle of Wight Observer:- Aug 4th 1866:  ROYAL VISIT – On Thursday evening Her Majesty’s equipage drove through several streets of the town, with her usual attendants.  Her Majesty looked remarkably well. Aug 4th 1866:  ARCHERY – A meeting of the Ryde Archery Society took place on Monday last, when two prizes were shot for