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 Observer: Mar 5th 1870:  THE VOLUNTEERS – Ensign J. H. HEARN has presented the sum of £5 to be shot for at the next competition for prizes, the object being to enable the winner to go to Wimbledon at the next annual competition. Mar 5th 1870:  COLLISION – A collision at sea

Isle of Wight Observer: Feb 5th 1870:  ISLE OF WIGHT LACE – Our townsman, Mr. FAIREY, has received a letter, of which the following is a copy: “Lady Caroline BARRINGTON has pleasure in informing Mr. FAIREY that the Queen desires an Isle of Wight lace frock to be worked for the Royal Princess Victoria of

Isle of Wight Observer: Jan 1st 1870:  SUCCESSFUL OPERATION – A very formidable operation was performed on Sunday last at Swanmore-road by one of our leading practitioners, who does not wish his name to be known as the operator.  A girl named ARMSTEAD had been suffering for some time and amputation of the hip joint

Isle of Wight Observer: Dec 4th 1869:  NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS – We beg respectfully to inform those friends who have promised to advertise in our enlarged sheet, that we have had erected one of Harrild and Sons Vertical Engines, by which we shall be enabled to produce the paper by steam power.  The time is

Isle of Wight Observer: Nov 6th 1869:  ST. MICHAEL’S SWANMORE – On Saturday last a very splendid processional cross, manufactured by Messrs. HARDMAN and Co., of Birmingham, of a most elegant design and studded with 116 stones (presented by lady members of the congregation), consisting of 64 diamonds, eight corals, eight crystals, six onyx, 10

Isle of Wight Observer: Oct 2nd 1869:  COMPLIMENTARY SUPPER – On Monday evening, after the amateur performance at the theatre, the manager, Mr. RODGERS, and several members of the company were entertained at supper at the Crown Hotel, which was well served by the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. CANDY.  more about James Harding Candy

Isle of Wight Observer: Sept 4th 1869:  C.C.C. MINSTRELS – This talented troupe re-appear at the Victoria-rooms on Monday next, when we trust they will be well supported.  The performances may be classed as far superior to many who claim the name without the talent of the Christy Minstrels. Sept 4th 1869:  ORDER OF COUNCIL

Isle of Wight Observer: Aug 7th 1869:  FASHIONABLE PARTY – On Saturday last, General and Mrs. SLADE invited a large and distinguished party, when their mansion, Elvington House and grounds, was the scene of gaiety and festivity.  Dancing took place on the grounds, the musical arrangements being under the direction of Mr. C. W. SALTER.

Isle of Wight Observer: July 3rd 1869:  TIME TABLES – The Portsmouth and Ryde Steampacket Company have announced that as from and after Thursday, the 1st inst., an extension of the traffic service has been provided by this company. July 3rd 1869:  BATHING ACCOMMODATION – We are gratified in being able to direct the attention

Isle of Wight Observer: Jun 5th 1869:  RYDE PIER – A varied programme of March’s, Waltz’s, Quadrille’s, Polka’s. and Scotch Melodies, will (weather permitting) be played on Ryde pier on Tuesday evening next, by the band of the 1st Isle of Wight Rifle Volunteers, under the leadership of Mr. H. FIELD. Jun 5th 1869:  QUEEN’S