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May 1865

Isle of Wight Observer:-

May 6th 1865: OLD CUSTOM – The sweeps of Ryde revived Jack-in-the-Green on May-day, and he cut the usual capers to the music of a full band, consisting of chin-pipes, drum, scrapers, and shovels. Some old ones and all young ones were amused with the grotesque display, so the venture seemed a profitable one.

May 6th 1865: PEDESTRIANISM – A foot race extraordinary will take place on Monday next, at 7 a.m., between a very tall young gentleman of some celebrity, and a very short little drummer. Some good fun may be expected.

May 6th 1865: JACK TARS – On Thursday a number of boys of the “Boscawen” training ship were landed at Ryde. On arriving at the toll-gate it was found they had not procured the necessary order to pass through toll free. A lady, residing in West-street, kindly paid a sum of money to enable the young Jack Tars to enjoy themselves for a while in Ryde.

May 6th 1865: BOOTS – On Wednesday afternoon last, Charles LOADER, the well-known boots at the Royal Pier hotel, while in the act of cleaning a stone bottle, it broke, cutting his arm and wrist most severely. He was attended to by Mr. Broome PINNIGER for two hours. He has been conveyed to his home, and is now going on favourably.

May 13th 1865: SPRIGHTLY SPRING – Our town and environs are now decked in Nature’s choicest costume; perfumed with the balmiest scents; The foliage of trees and hedgerows is shaded with every imaginable tint of green; the chestnut, the lilac, and the laburnum, vie with the May Queen in scenting the air; so that all is more lovely now than any other time of year.

May 13th 1865: STORM – For two hours the Island was wrapped in electric flames; the thunder resembled peals of artillery—sounds to which we are accustomed in Ryde—and seemed to shake the heaven and the earth, and most certainly did shake the nerves of both the strong and weak.

May 20th 1865: NEW CONVENT AT CARISBROOKE – We understand that the contract for this new building has been given to Mr. John MEADER, of this town, whose tender was the lowest, and that the foundation stone will shortly be laid. It will be erected in a field measuring 4½ acres, adjoining the Carisbrooke cemetery, at the sole expense of the Dowager Countess of Clare.

May 20th 1865: ST. JOHN’S CHURCH – The new organ, built by the eminent firm of Bevington and sons, of London, was opened on Sunday last, when Mr. A. FOWLES presided. It is a small but sweetly-toned instrument, well adapted for the size of the church.

May 20th 1865: PETTY SESSIONS – George INCE, a travelling bellhanger, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Ryde on the previous day.—Fined 5s. and costs, or a week’s imprisonment.

May 27th 1865: FASHIONABLE INTELLIGENCE – Mr. Benjamin BARROW has removed from Clifton House to Rosemount, Bellevue-road; Capt. WARBURTON has taken Widford House, the residence of Mrs. WARNER, for 12 months.

May 27th 1865: RESOLUTION – That a stand be appointed for omnibuses and coaches next to the footpath on the north of the Esplanade, near the pier gate—the horses to stand facing the south.

May 27th 1865: ADVERT – Mrs. MUNFORD, of 10 Prince-street, Ryde, having just been through a Course of Instruction in Midwifery at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, City of London, and received her Diploma, would be happy to attend ladies who may require her assistance.