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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Isle of Wight Times & Isle of Wight County Press Jan 4th 1962: BOMB IN RYDE – An aerial practice bomb, rusting but primed, was found at the rear of unoccupied premises at 12 Wood-street, Ryde, on Thursday. Builders who were cutting back a hedge discovered the bomb, finned and resembling an Indian club. An


Isle of Wight Times Dec 7th 1961: PUB THAT NEVER WAS – Since the reign of George 111, Smeeds, the Union-street, Ryde, wine merchants, have held an “on” licence and could virtually operate as a public house–but hardly anyone knew it. The little known fact came to light on Monday when the firm successfully applied


Isle of Wight Times & County Press Nov 2nd 1961: MARCHERS – Teen-age “Ban the Bomb” marchers have been on the roads of the Isle of Wight this week. Three girls and nine boys from Sandown Grammar School on Tuesday morning left Ryde on the second leg of a two-day march to protest about the


Isle of Wight Times Oct 12th 1961: CLOCK – To some the chiming and striking of the Town Hall clock at Ryde is a friendly sound—but not to everyone. Recently four visitors who stayed nearby had disturbed nights through the familiar chimes. They wrote to the council complaining and suggested that the clock be “gagged”


Isle of Wight Times Sept 14th 1961: CLICK, CLICK, CLICK – Ryde Council is having to give serious consideration to an unusual question — whether or not to do away with the turnstiles on the ladies lavatories in the town. It has been known for them to stick, trapping the victim at a most inconvenient


Isle of Wight Observer: May 7th 1921:  COAL STRIKE – The Ryde Parish Coal and Clothing Club commences today (Saturday) at the Boys School, Green-street.  Apparently, they think there will be some coal obtainable by the winter at any rate. May 7th 1921:  ASHEY RACES – Lieut. Col. PAINE received a notification from the National


Isle of Wight Observer: Apr 2nd 1921:  THE COASTGUARD – In connection with the re-organisation and distribution of Coastguard stations, Ryde is included in those that are to be closed by Admiralty instructions. Apr 2nd 1921:  EASTER BAND – An excellent programme was submitted both on Sunday afternoon and evening in the Western Enclosure by


Isle of Wight Observer: Mar 5th 1921:  MOTOR ENGINEER’S CLAIM – A case was heard at the County Court on Wednesday in which H. HAPGOOD, John Street, Ryde, motor engineer, sued Thomas and Fanner, of Sandown, for £91. 0s. 3d. for work done and material supplied in connection with the overhauling of the motor char-a-banc,


Isle of Wight Observer: Feb 5th 1921: KICKED BY A HORSE – Walter BROWN, carter, of Barnsley Farm, was admitted to the County Hospital, this week, suffering from lacerated jaw, due to a kick from a horse, received at St. John’s-road Station, Ryde.  He is progressing favourably, but it was stated he had a narrow


Isle of Wight Observer: Jan 1st 1921:  CHRISTMAS AT THE POST OFFICE – A very large amount of business was done at Ryde Post Office, it was not by any means abnormal so far as cards with the seasons wishes are concerned.  The parcels post showed no falling off but rather an increase on some