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 Jun 7th 1862: CORONATION HOLIDAY – We understand that it is the wish of Her Majesty that the celebration of the anniversary of her coronation amongst her Isle of Wight lieges should be observed as usual this year. It has been suggested to us that Monday the 30th inst. will be

Isle of Wight Observer:- May 3rd 1862: RUSSIAN SAILORS – About 200 Russian sailors came on shore on Sunday afternoon, and several during the week. They paid most of the publicans a visit, their favorite potion being rum. Cooked meats, sausages, and smoked fish they looked upon as rare delicacies; indeed, the only thing they

Isle of Wight Observer:- Apr 12th 1862: WELLINGTON LODGE – R. G. DUFF, esq., chairman of the Ryde bench of magistrates, arrived on Friday last, for the purpose of making arrangements for letting his marine residence, Wellington Lodge, for a term of years. This step is deemed necessary in consequence of the undivided attention required

Isle of Wight Observer:- Mar 1st 1862: WHOLESALE ROBBERY – Five or six boys have been under the surveillance of the police during the past week, for abstracting nearly £20 worth of pebble and jet jewellery from a glass case belonging to Mr. CHARTERS of the Arcade. As nearly the whole of the property was

Isle of Wight Observer Feb 8th 1862: VOLUNTEERS – About 40 of the 1st and 3rd Ryde corps mustered for drill in the Market-Hall on Thursday evening. At the conclusion of the movements Capt. Sir John LEES again exhorted the men to pay a little more attention to drill; and informed them emphatically that unless

Isle of Wight Observer Jan 4th 1862: WATERWORKS – Ryde has been once more unfortunate in its water scheme. At Bloodstone it met neither opposition nor extortion from landowners, but at Knighton it has met with both. We are not going to apportion the amount of praise or blame respectively belonging to the lawyers who

Isle of Wight Observer Dec 14th 1861: UNPUNISHED MISCHIEF – Lately some miscreants have perpetrated several acts of mischief on the bathing machines of Mr. Joseph KENT, at the Marine Baths. Amongst other offences, they have stolen a lead pipe from the shore, used to pump salt water into the bathing rooms. Dec 14th 1861:

Isle of Wight Observer Nov 9th 1861: NEW SCHOOL AT SWANMORE – On Friday last, being the Feast of All Saints, the first stone of a new infant school, in connexion with the new church of St Michael and All Angels, Swanmore, was laid by Mrs. Edward CARTER of Upton. A large number of the

Isle of Wight Observer Oct 5th 1861: FORMIDABLE NAVIGATORS – Now so many of those muscular men known as navvies are stationed in the Island, it becomes a serious question whether or not the police force should not be strengthened for the better conservation of peace in the neighbourhood where they are employed. We have

Isle of Wight Observer Sept 7th 1861: WOODIN’s ENTERTAINMENT – Mr. WOODIN the mimical celebrity, gave his popular entertainment “A Cabinet of Curiosities” at the Victoria-rooms on Monday evening to a very good audience. We have spoken so often of this gentleman’s rare talents and abilities as a mimic, that any further description of them