Ryde Things to Do
Walking about Ryde can be very pleasantin the summer months but from late October untilaround late Spring, if the weather is blowingoff the sea, you will feel a chill run throughyour bones. Even inside in the winter monthsthe damp and the cold used to be a blightand many memories of cold evenings havingto wear several overcoats and stuff...more
Ryde and the Beatles connection.When you are walking up Union Streetfrom the Esplanade you will notice a pubon the right hand side called the Bow Bars,this used to be one of my favourite watering holes and sadly turned into something elseand no longer serves real ale and called the Liquid Lounge. Back in the 60's the place was runby one of Paul...more
At the top of the hill where Johns Streetmeets Queens Road and you can see the All Saints church. This is located in Queens Road on a road junction known as Five Ways.I used to sing in the choir here on Sundays and attend choir practice once a week.We got 2/6 for singing at weddings andfunerals. It was good money for an 11year old. I also had a...more
Ryde where it's good to walk!I spent most of my childhood in this town,well from the age of 6 until 13 when I was shipped off to boarding school on the mainland.The population of Ryde was around 10,000,but would swell many times that numberduring the summer season with all thehotels, guest houses, holiday camps andhundreds of foreign students...more
If you get off the FastCat catamaran from Portsmouth, you will be deposited at the end of Ryde Pier. Now you could get the Island Line electric train, which is worth doing, but you can always pick it up at Ryde St. John's. Instead I recommend a walk along the pier, which really is a slice of history.designed by one John Kemp and opened in 1814,...more
When you arrived by the Fastcat ferry at Ryde Pier, you can either walk to Ryde Esplanade or if you are lazy (like me), take the two-carriage old London Underground train to the Esplanade. Turn left and you are on the Western Gardens of the Esplanade where benches greet you for a much needed rest and relax by the sea, or turn right and walk further...more
High street, Wootton Bridge, Ryde, United Kingdom
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I'm not much of a shopper, but I couldn't resist including a tip about this fine old arcade in Union Street.
It was designed by a chap called Thomas Saunders, the publican of the Vine Inn, who also plied his trade as a builder. When it was opened, he received no payment from the developer and this was the last building he ever undertook, preferring the more steady money of the licensed trade. It does, however, stand as a fine memorial to him and is today filled with all sorts of shops - records, books, bric-a-brac and souvenirs predominating.
I was particularly taken with the delightfully named Uriah's Heap (pictured).
A nice place for a stroll.
What to buy: All sorts of things.
What to pay: Usual High street pricesRelated to:
Ryde Local Customs
Being such a small place it's incredible how manyfamous people came from this small island.But when you experiance the cold wintersand the beautiful summers, it provides a curse to want to leave and inspiration on good daysto be creative.THE ISLANDER WHO INVENTED A KITCHEN CLASSIC Research among 19th century patents has revealed it was a Ryde man...more
During 1941, the Southern Railway steamers Portsdown and Southsea had been lost to enemy mines. Now, new motor vessels were ordered to replace them. By the time MV Southsea and MV Brading entered service on 1 November 1948, the Southern Railway had been absorbed into the nationalised British Railways.In 1951, with the success of these large yet...more
As HMS Ryde she would serve in the Dover Straights and the North Sea. During the sisters' time as minesweepers, German propaganda broadcasts frequently made menacing references to them. On more than one occasion the Germans even claimed credit for sinking the vessels.After two years as a minesweeper, Ryde was refitted as an anti-aircraft ship,...more
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