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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More photographs of the stairway inside the Royal York Hotel during its hay day.

This is another photo of the front entrance of the property in St. Thomas's Street, Ryde, formerly the home of Fernao de Castel Branco, who was the self-styled Count of Ryde. 

Royal York Hotel, a beautiful example of an Art Deco building in its hay day.

This was formerly known as the Kent Hotel, reputedly where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert lodged when house hunting and viewing Osborne.

This unusual style arch by the pavement, at the entrance to The Melville, on the north side of Melville Street.

The date above the window 1872. The former Osborne Private Hotel and then became the Solent Court

'STROUD GROCER’ can be seen clearly on the wall.  The business was run by Mr Edward George Stroud, and although he died in 1919 the grocers shop still traded under his name until at least 1935.