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 1st 1861: NEW GAS LAMPS – Placed by the Ryde Gas and Coke Company around the districts of Swanmore, Dustans, and Spencer-road, were lighted for the first time during the past week. The pillars are higher than those in the town, much more ornamental, and are fitted with burners that

Isle of Wight Observer May 4th 1861: RYDE COMMISSIONERS – The first business of the meeting was to receive a reply from Sir Augustus CLIFFORD relative to him enclosing by a fence or rail the trees between the entrance to his grounds and Mrs. BECKFORD’s garden. The letter was read and a plan produced showing

Isle of Wight Observer Mar 2nd 1861: TEMPERANCE – The annual tea meeting of the Ryde society will take place at the Victoria-rooms on Monday, when Mr. CAMPBELL will address the audience. This gentleman’s advocacy of temperance on a former occasion struck us as singularly devoid of the fallacies often found surrounding the subject. Mar

February 1861 Isle of Wight Observer Feb 2nd 1861: OPENING DINNER – On Tuesday week Mr. James KENDALL of the Pier Hotel-tap, gave an opening dinner to his friends. Upwards of 40 sat down to a most excellent repast; after the cloth was removed, the usual convivialities were gone through, and the happy party did

Isle of Wight Observer Oct 6th 1860: MR. FOWLES CONCERT – This concert took place at the Victoria Rooms on Thursday evening and was very well attended. As it is the first given by our young and talented townsman it may be said to be one of decided success, although one of the violinists announced

Isle of Wight Observer Sept 1st 1860: A MILLIONARE – a fortnight ago died at Birmingham, Mr. COTTERILL, a man who, by extraordinary application to business and judicious investments, amassed the enormous sum of £1,000,000, which, with the exception of a few small legacies, he has bequeathed to the SCHOLEFIELD and REDFERN families. Mr. T.

Isle of Wight Observer Aug 4th 1860: ADVERT – Thomas FAIREY, Victoria House, 61 Union-street, Ryde. Laceman ~ Hosier ~ Glover and Fancy Warehouseman, begs to announce that he has just received another supply of Black Spanish Mantilla’s, Spanish Squares, Half Squares, and Black Maltese Squares &c. He can confidently recommend the above goods being

Isle of Wight Observer July 7th 1860: THE AZTECS – Those who have not yet seen these singular beings had better avail themselves of the opportunity of doing so this evening or tomorrow, which will be their last appearance at Ryde. We are competent to discuss a subject which has puzzled the learned, and can

Isle of Wight Observer June 2nd 1860: VISITORS FROM BRIGHTON – An excursion under the auspices of the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway Literary Institution annually takes place, and this year a monster train containing upwards of 1,200 persons left Brighton at 7.30 a.m., and arrived at Portsmouth and were taken on board the

Isle of Wight Observer May 5th 1860: MR. BENJAMIN BARROW – We can assure the gentleman that there is not the least occasion for him to keep a vicious runaway horse, in order to convince the inhabitants of the town that he possesses the strong nerves and cool judgement so necessary to guide a man