NEWS FROM RYDE IN MARCH 1862
Isle of Wight Observer:-
Mar 1st 1862: WHOLESALE ROBBERY – Five or six boys have been under the surveillance of the police during the past week, for abstracting nearly £20 worth of pebble and jet jewellery from a glass case belonging to Mr. CHARTERS of the Arcade. As nearly the whole of the property was recovered, Mr. CHARTERS declined to prosecute.
Mar 1st 1862: WHIST SUPPER – The second supper in connexion with the Whist Club held at Yelf’s Shades, was partaken of on Thursday evening. The good things laid upon the table by the host and hostess, did them infinite credit, and gratified the voracious appetites of the highly-satisfied company. After the tables were cleared, the colour of the cloths changed, and several quiet “rubbers” were indulged in.
Mar 1st 1862: ANNUAL HARMONIC – We beg to remind our readers that the harmonic annually held at the Eagle Hotel, will take place on Monday next. Mr. Henry AUSTIN, the celebrated player on the cornet, and Mr. W. SALTER, the eminent pianist, and other musicians, will attend.
Mar 1st 1862: ROUGH WEATHER – Strong north-east winds have prevailed during the past week, and accompanying weather has been extremely cold, some portions of the quay now in process of construction being washed away. Two mud barges went down on Monday, laden with “filling in stuff” for the works.
Mar 1st 1862: TOWN LIGHTS – The Gas Company are now lying down large pipes in St. Thomas’s-street and the Strand. After these streets are finished, we understand it is their intention to supply Union-street, Cross-street and Melville-street with new pipes.
Mar 8th 1862: BATH CHAIR BLOWN OFF PIER – On Monday afternoon a north-east gale was blowing and although no wrecks were occasioned by it around the coast, it blew a vehicle known as a bath-chair, clean off the pier. The chair was recovered in a very damaged state by some men in a boat. The owner being unable to meet so much expense, a subscription has been opened to raise a sum for defraying the charge of the repairs.
Mar 15th 1862: NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL – The excavations for the foundation of the new chapel in George-street are now completed by the workmen of the contractor Mr. John MEADER. On Thursday next the foundation stone will be laid with some ceremony by Sir Morton PETO, bart., M.P.; after which a tea will be partaken of at the Victoria-rooms, with the usual subsequent proceedings.
Mar 22nd 1862: A NEW STREET – Workmen during the last fortnight have been felling trees on a piece of land forming a part of what is known as “Barkham’s garden”. The land is to form a road in continuation of West-street into Hill-street, terminating at the west side of the Infirmary, the land on either side to be let off for building purposes. When it is completed West-street will be three-quarters of a mile long.
Mar 29th 1862: SWANMORE NEW SCHOOLS – These schools were to have been opened on Tuesday last, but for some reasons the ceremony has been postponed until Thursday next.
Mar 29th 1862: THE MOTHERBANK – During the past week a French war screw steamer, named the Pelican, has been lying at the Motherbank. Her build is something like that of the Wanderer, despatch gunboat, a little larger in proportions. Several of her crew have been on shore during the week.
Mar 29th 1862: STEEPLE CHASES – Notwithstanding the drenching rain which fell on Wednesday, some hundreds of inhabitants of Ryde who have, or profess to have, tastes for field sports, departed for Gatcombe steeple chases on that day.
Image of Steeple Chase from the Illustrated London News