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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In the 19th century the people of Ryde went to great lengths to provide entertainment during the season for the inhabitants and the elite who came to the Island.

The game of ping-pong had been very popular and there was every sign of its permanence in society drawing-rooms. Ladies being far and away the best players.

The Ashey Races attracted a great many people from all sections of the community, not only the gentry who would arrive in their carriages, but the Railway Company put on special trains on race days for the general public.

One of the kindly endeavours of Mrs Sophia Anna Mackenzie Fowler Paxton, was the Paxton Club for men and boys.

A pleasing structure surrounded by beautiful flower beds. It certainly seemed to be was well patronised during the summer months.

The unfurling of the large Union Jack, made and sent to the scholars of Ryde by the children of Ryde, New South Wales.

In February 1969 the local Press stated that British Rail had announced the 10th March as the day when three to four months long repairs to the St John's Railway Bridge would begin.

The photograph of cargo being unloaded from Chaplin’s boat, shows how high the tide came up against the wall close to the Esplanade.

The local 1813 Act authorised the new Highway Commissioners to erect necessary toll houses and turnpikes throughout the Island.

After a long awaited want, according to the Observer Press of 12th October 1895:  "New Golf Links. We hear that the ladies of Ryde will not have to travel far in the future if they wish to practice golf, as some golf links are going to be provided."