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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Interesting things that happened in Ryde in the past

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Welcome to the Ryde Social Heritage Group Website

Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight

RSHG was formed by a small group of friends in 2002 and became a formally constituted group in 2005. RSHG exists to research, document andshare information about the history of Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK, including the development of the town, the people, their lives and deaths, businesses and entertainments.

Since 2002 we have been recording information from Ryde Cemetery producing maps and recording inscriptions and we search through archives to find biographical information relating to the people buried there. We are also researching about the people, businesses, development and significant events that happened in Ryde.  We collect documents, information and artefacts relating to Ryde and have a growing archive which we make available to the public at Open Days and exhibitions.  We produce books and leaflets, hold exhibitions and give guided walks and presentations to help people understand the rich history and the significance of our town.




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Other items
The new H.Q. at Somerset Road were opened by the Mayor of Ryde, on Saturday 14th May 1949.
On Thursday 13th April 1905, the formal sending off of four of the ‘buses of the I.W. Express Motor Syndicate on their several routes was performed by Lady Adela Cochrane.

The grave database was last updated:
12 / 08 / 2022
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We had a wonderful day at the Rotary Family Fun Day, which took place on Saturday 30 July. The day was bright with a light breeze, our gazebo was set up early in the Eastern Gardens on the Esplanade.
At 11 o’clock we all walked to near the entrance of the cemetery, where Janette and Maisie unveiled our re-furbished Interpretation Panel.
At lunchtime on Tuesday 26th July, I had a chance to carry out a short survey of the butterflies in the conservation area of Ryde Cemetery as part of the Big Butterfly Count.

Photo of the Month
Saxonbury, built by 1819 and leased to William Ball Clifford of Southsea.  It appears that the house was enlarged between 1836 and 1840.

The new water cart which the council has purchased spreads the water extremely well in the broad streets of the town.

Database of Graves and Names

The Graves Section is by far the largest section of the website: the database currently holds over 23,000 records, from Ryde, Ashey, Binstead, St John’s, St Thomas’ and Holy Cross cemeteries. The website is updated on a regular basis.  You can search for an individual by typing the surname into the search box in the top right hand corner of this page or you can go to our Graves search page for more advanced search features. If we have any more information about a person we have attached files to the relevant record. Scroll down to the bottom of any record to see more information and/or photographs.

Cemetery Maps

The website also contains information to help you locate a grave in Ryde Cemeteries.  Each record gives a RSHG map number and grid reference.  If you go to the map page you can print off a copy of the relevant map or maps.  You can also look up the name of a person in the Alphabetical Indexes, the indexes contain all the names that are on the maps whether the Transcribing Group has been able to read them or not.  Some graves cannot be read because they are too eroded, have no markers or are too overgrown, so if you can’t find who you are looking for by using our Search features it’s worth checking the indexes. Further details of how to do this can be found on the Map page. The map and index files may take a few minutes to download, depending on the speed of your connection.

History of Ryde and Ryde Cemeteries (IW, UK)

The section on History is sub-divided into the history of the town of Ryde Isle of Wight, and each Church and Cemetery.


The section on Nature provides details of the flora and fauna found in Ryde Cemetery as this is also part of the heritage of the Cemetery grounds.

Photo Galleries

The Gallery section has photographs on People, Nature, Ryde Town, The Cemetery, and Ryde Social Heritage Group (RSHG) Activities.  An enlarged view of all the thumbnail images on this website can be obtained by double clicking on any thumbnail picture.

About Ryde Social Heritage Group

The About Us Section contains details about Ryde Social Heritage Group (RSHG) and lists Committee members, how to join the group and RSHG magazine Beyond the Graves.  The group is a non-funded organisation and is run completely by volunteers.  It relies on fundraising and donations, so if you can assist or donate at any time, it would be very much appreciated.

More Features:

Each month, the front page has a Featured Stories, and a dated list of News items. Also an Other Items section, which are random photographs and articles of interest. The stories on these three pages are archived so that you can always read any you have missed.  There is also a photo of the month.  We offer assistance to anyone researching their family history, with advice how to proceed or what to look at in our archive, and online records can be viewed for a nominal fee.

Website Content:

It has unfortunately come to our attention in recent months that people are downloading articles and photos from our website,  that we have researched and own,  and loading to other sites. This definitely breaches our Copyright.  The Terms & Conditions (see below), specifically say not to put on, or share on, Facebook, but alas, this is what is happening.  Copyright means that Ryde Social Heritage Group has to give permission, and we have not.  You are very welcome to use our research facilities for Personal Use, but please, please, read our articles etc. through our website link, and not download articles and photos without our permission.  We would like to thank you sincerely for your consideration.
Barbara Hunt (Chair)

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