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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Historic Trails around Ryde

Our latest exhibition in Ryde Library runs until 26 March and features some of the places and events you can hear about on our audio trail (see link at bottom of page). It provides an insight into the rich history of Ryde.

An 1850s walk through Ryde is a memory of the town written by Mr C W Chambers who emigrated to America and wrote home about his memories of Ryde in 1893. This shows how the town has changed in the last 150 years.

Do you know about the Bath Chair race UP Union Street? Learn more about the Coastguards of Ryde and when Queen Victoria was amused during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The exhibition also features the Ryde Cemetery Heritage Trail. Learn about some of the famous people of the town including General Sir Sam Browne who invented the Sam Browne belt to help him draw his sword after losing his arm in battle; Michael Maybrick, singer and composer and 9 times mayor of Ryde and many more fascinating people of the town. The cemetery trail is a self guided walk of the cemetery and booklets can be obtained from the Heritage Resource and Learning Centre in Ryde Cemetery.

Exhibition in Ryde Cemetery Heritage Centre

The ongoing exhibition in the Heritage Centre at Ryde Cemetery continues until the end of March and features Ryde Town Hall and some of the mayors, and the beginnings of springtime in the cemetery.