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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Did you know? The earliest known reference to Daffodils can be found in the 6th century AD writings of the Prophet Mohammed.

In the Victorian ‘Language of Flowers’ the snowdrop is called the flower of hope, its little shoots and snowy buds peeping through in the depths of winter, bringing a promise that spring is on the way. It was also associated with fresh hope as the old year ends and the new one begins.

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown, Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.

This is the time of year when spiders seem to be very noticeable, whether by their dewy early morning webs or the vision of them scuttling around our bedrooms and bath tubs!

Our own native honeysuckle is found throughout Ryde cemetery. The common name comes from the Old English hunigsuge or ‘honey-suck’, because the ‘honey’ (or nectar) can be sucked from the flowers.