The photograph (right) taken 1969 shows the Ryde Water-Works engine house.
Built in 1854-5 at a cost of £22,500. Constructed under the superintendence of Messrs. Easton & Amos a well-known Hydraulic Engineering Firm.
Pictured (left) is the order of proceedings for the opening on 28th June. – The Procession on leaving the Town Hall for Ashey Down, will pass through Cross-street, George-street, Pier-street, Union-street and High-street. The children after having walked through the works at Ashey, will take up their station on the Down, and partake of Tea and Cake at four o’clock……..
In 1832 they were boring for water in Pott’s Garden, Upper Ryde.
Images source: RSHG Archive Roy Brinton Collection