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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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.

While the last finishing touches were being applied, 42 members of the nursing staff of the Royal I.W. County Hospital, during the week ending 20 May 1939, entered into occupation of the new King George V Memorial Nurses’ Home at Adelaide-place, Ryde.

At the beginning of 1878 the Admiralty and the Board of Trade gave their consent to the Council for constructing a canoe lake on the shore to the eastward of the Victoria Pier, something that would no doubt have given much satisfaction.

On 27th June 1969 an unoccupied four-storey building used for the retail of surplus stores, was badly damaged by fire.

By September 1937 great improvements had been made and a long list of pleasure flights for the discerning holidaymaker was available.

These were essential places of entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th century, somewhere people could gather and socialise while watching and listening to what was on offer.