Snow and Storms hit Ryde in January 1881
Ryde was visited by a terrific storm on Monday and Tuesday (17th & 18th January 1881) accompanied by snow.
Two large colliers, the Havelock and the John Ward, were blown against the new iron railway pier, which had just been erected and carried away about 200ft of that structure.
Business was entirely suspended, and the streets were filled with snow-banks.
Source: The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times Saturday 22 January 1881