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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Ryde Architecture

The former Kent Hotel

This was formerly known as the Kent Hotel, reputedly where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert lodged when house hunting and viewing Osborne. Many Royal visitors subsequently stayed here. However we need to remember that Union Street was not always a scene of aristocratic shoppers and carnival celebrations. In the summer of 1837, the Ryde Riots took place at this very spot. Read about the riots on Ryde Heritage Audio Trail here

This venue has been re-named at various times,  The Squadron and at present Coburgs.

Photographed 2017 by Tracy Welstead