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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Ann & David - Researchers
Ann & David - Researchers

In January our Research Team, led by Ann Barrett, added biographical detail to 27 records on the website.

Various archives have been searched and in this month’s additions you will find details on the lives and deaths of:

Mary Barrow, the widow of Dr Benjamin Barrow, she died in March 1908.

Mr Alfred Cook a well known tradesman who ran the Steam Bakery and grocery stores at 37 High Street, Oakfield, he died in May 1924.

Details of the death of 17 year old Alice Denham of Ryde, she was a maid in the service of the Stanley family and perished with them when the steamship Hilda crashed on the rocks off the coast of France in December 1905. (additional information contributed by Michele Segura-Coz).

Details of a terriific thunder storm that hit the island in July 1900. Lightning struck Reed’s greengrocer’s in Ryde High Street and then later struck a stable being built in Nettlestone killing two of the workmen: Martin Guy from Ryde and William Cooke from Oakfield.

For the full list of additions in January please click on the link below.

If you are able to help with this fascinating aspect of our work and could spend even a short time at the Record Office, please contact Ann Barrett, the leader of our Research Team. You can contact Ann by clicking on the Contact button at the top of the page.