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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A townsman had picked up an old Guide to the Island (John Albins, 1830), and sent it to the newspaper with a few places marked.

The Town Commissioners have this week contracted with Mr Thomas Dashwood, builder, of Ryde, for the completion of the East wing of the new Market, on the 10th of July 1830,  

The Players formed in 1962 from members of the youth club and ended up performing sketches, singing and producing an annual pantomime for charity.

In December 1898 the local press certainly had plenty of good things to say about the shops in Ryde.  This brief excerpt extols the qualities of a few of them.

In 1905 it was proposed to form a photographic society in Ryde.  The idea was met with a fair bit of scepticism.

The shipping between Ryde and the Mainland is only a small part of the Maritime History of the area.

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.