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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The Heritage Resource Centre in Ryde Cemetery is open every Tuesday 10am-2pm

The Centre will be open some Saturdays 10am till 2pm
Dates for September are 18th & 25th

Please note dates listed on our calendar (events tab) and more information coming shortly

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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 and share 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.

Next Event

Members AGM and Social Morning
We would invite you to join us for our AGM and Social Morning on Saturday 2 October 2021 at the George Street Centre, Ryde.
Other items
The I.W. Grand Opera Company, during the week, 5th till 11th June 1950,  had staged for the Island’s first opera week at the Commodore Theatre, Ryde, Bizet’s “Carmen” and Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride.”
At Brigstocke Terrace, before 1907, there were two tennis courts facing East to West with a croquet lawn below in what was known as the Terrace Gardens, Ryde.

The grave database was last updated:
09 / 09 / 2021
Latest News
John James Smith Gawn is featured for September. He sacrificed his life in rescuing two children from drowning in Scratchells Bay.
In August, our busy research team added 31 biographical records to names on the website, including that of Frank Dyer, a nine-year-old schoolboy who was a Wolf Cub of the 1st Ryde Scouts.
We were very much blessed with glorious weather for the official opening of our New Research Room at the West Street Cemetery Resource Centre this last Tuesday.

Photo of the Month
In 1832 the Rev. Augustus Hewitt obtained a lease for a plot of land to the east of the Binstead stream. It was a former stone quarry.

A girl from Ryde becomes a nanny to the child of international film stars.

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.

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