Ryde News February 1857 (150 Years ago)
Isle of Wight Observer
Feb 7th, 1857: STREET IMPROVEMENTS – The Commissioners contemplate widening opposite the Catholic Church, which if carried out, will much improve the appearance of that elegant structure; The pavement in front of the Market House is taken up and being relaid, so as to run the water off; Crossings are being laid down at the various intersections of Melville-street, many newly formed are fresh installed.
Feb 14th, 1857: RYDE & STOKES BAY STEAM FERRY – The Directors of this company have decided upon erecting a pier at Ryde, instead of an inclined slipway as originally proposed, to communicate with the steam ferry, which will run in connection with the Stokes Bay Railway, they have also taken offices at 1 Pier-street.
Feb 14th, 1857: RYDE COMMISSIONERS – (Sewers) A tender of Mr. SIBLEY, amounting to £46 for constructing a sewer in Brick-kiln road, was accepted; The tender of Mr. MEADER, being the lowest for house drains, was accepted.
Feb 14th 1857: DEDICATION OF ROADS – Cemetery-street, Cemetery-road and Dark-lane were declared to the Highways.
Feb 14th 1857: SLIPWAY AT APPLEY – I wish to call the attention of the Commissioners to the great obstruction to the thoroughfare by the slipway near the Baths at the eastern end of the Esplanade. Why should it not be placed outside the wall at George or Dover streets. Can anything be done to improve the footpath between the Baths and St. Clare.
Feb 28th 1857: SWANMORE ROAD – The tender of Messrs. DENHAM and KEMP for making the roads at Swanmore, amounting to £264, was accepted.