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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RSHG Summer exhibition in Ryde Library

Exhibition in Ryde Library
Exhibition in Ryde Library

Following the success of Ryde History Week Ryde Social Heritage Group was invited to put up a historical display in Ryde Library. The display is located near the Help Centre waiting area and shows some of the fascinating stories about people and places of Ryde, including many buildings that no longer exist in the town.

Read about the Royal IW County Hospital and one of the hospital collecting dogs. Dr Davey was well known in the town as a friend of the poor and needy, and has a memorial tablet in St Thomas’ Church, Ryde, erected by Miss Brigstocke. A house in Monkton Street was built in his memory and used by the district nurses and midwives to continue his work. The house, now flats, still has the memorial plaque to Dr Davey on the front of the building.

See pictures of Hazlewood, Appley Towers, the Congregational Church, St Clare and the Pier Hotel, all long lost to the town. There is the story of the ‘Infuriated Bull’ on the Esplanade and the sad story of Joseph Grayson, the drummer boy who died at the Castle Red Cross Hospital in 1919.

The exhibition will be on display in the library until September but hurry along as the information will be changing in July to coincide with Ryde Arts Festival Week that starts on 11 July 2009 with our members meeting, 10:30am at the George Street Centre, featuring a talk on the Life and Times of the Royal Victoria Arcade, Union Street by RSHG member, Diana Wood.