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November 1865

Isle of Wight Observer:-


Nov 4th 1865:  FASHIONABLE INTELLIGENCE –Colonel and Mrs. J. Temple WEST are expected to arrive at their residence, Berwick Lodge, on Monday, for the winter;  Sir William and Lady MARTINS left Westmont on Thursday, for their town residence, No. 3 Hyde Park Gardens.


Nov 4th 1865:  RYDE FIFTY YEARS AGO – From a work published in 1815:–Ryde, a populous and fashionable village, divided into Upper and Lower, partly built on a pleasant eminence, commanding most attractive prospects towards Gosport and Portsmouth. Here are two good inns and many neat lodging houses. The beach is a beautiful sand, and so gently sloping that at low-water a boat cannot approach within a hundred yards of the quay, in consequence of which passengers are landed in a cart.


Nov 4th 1865:  ST JOHN’S ROAD – The Highway Commissioners have at last commenced repairing this road, and have thrown thereon a quantity of unbroken pebbles, which, in a year’s time, may possibly be in a fit state to pass over.


Nov 4th 1865:  COLLIS AGAIN – As will be seen by the report of the County Petty Sessions, and after two previous occasions of being summoned for disturbing the congregation, this person  has been committed to Winchester gaol, which will, we trust, have a beneficial effect on this lady, for her conduct has been more like that of an inmate of a lunatic asylum than that of a worshipper in the House of God.


Nov 4th 1865:  EARLY CLOSING – The principal tradesmen in the town having announced their intention of closing their shops at 7 p.m. during the winter months, we feel we should not be doing our duty if we did not urge upon all who have the power to support the early closing movement to do.


Nov 18th 1865:  WANTON MISCHIEF – Numbers of the public lamps of the town have during the past fortnight been broken, and several large panes of glass in the windows of the Roundhouse on the new pier have been smashed. It is pretty well known that the depredators are few in number; but being provided with elastic guns, they are enabled to perpetuate an immense amount of mischief with impunity.


Nov 18th 1865:  PENNY READINGS – It is exceedingly gratifying that the frequency of these pleasant meetings at the Working Men’s Club has by no means diminished the public interest in them. Both the readings and musical performances elicited the greatest applause of the audience.


Nov 18th 1865:  HIGH PRICE OF MEAT – The butchers of the country are reaping a profitable harvest from the cattle plague panic, and are obtaining famine prices during a period of plenty. The butchers of this town still keep up their prices. We wish our local gentry would reduce their consumption of meat as the best way of bringing the butchers to terms.


Nov 18th 1865:  UNKNOWN – After the discovery of the body of a man unknown in Rosemary-lane, Mr. SYMONDS, photographer, of Union-street, Ryde, has taken a photograph of the deceased, which, together with a lock of his hair, watch, chain, &c., may be seen at the Police Station, Ryde.


Nov 25th 1865:  EXCITING RACE –  A jovial gentleman sitting in the Pier Tramway, which had just started for the end of the Pier, called out to a cabman who was standing by, “The Tramway to the end of the Pier first for a pound.” “Done,” replied the cabman, and off he started. The cabman headed the Tramway by a few seconds and fairly won the sovereign, which was honorably handed over to him.


Nov 25th 1865:  BANKRUPTCY – On the application of Mr. JOYCE, there being no opposition, orders of discharge were granted to the following bankrupts: Walter William CURRIE, of Ryde; William WILKINS and Co., boot and shoe dealers, of Ryde.


Nov 25th 1865:  ADVERT – Establishment for Young Ladies, Nelson House, Ryde. Conducted by Mrs. C. H. LLEWELLIN, also an Evening Class for Ladies.