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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The I.W. Grand Opera Company, during the week, 5th till 11th June 1950,  had staged for the Island’s first opera week at the Commodore Theatre, Ryde, Bizet’s “Carmen” and Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride.”

At Brigstocke Terrace, before 1907, there were two tennis courts facing East to West with a croquet lawn below in what was known as the Terrace Gardens, Ryde.

About 200 yards east of the Promenade Pier, the Victoria Pier was built in 1863.

In the early days, the Island was a very good place for smuggling; with its many bays and inlets, contraband could easily be brought ashore undetected.

We don't usually think about what is below the ground that we walk upon.

On a Wednesday afternoon, 22nd August 1877, at Yelf’s Hotel, our townsman, Mr. W. H. Wallis, the well-known auctioneer, brought under the hammer the Eagle Brewery, and a number of public houses.

The Ponda Rosa horse with its cowboy and cart, was a masterpiece by Mr Jack Whitehead, internationally re-known master-carver.