Seafield Road 1918, Seaview
Memories of Seafield Road 1918, Seaview
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Seaview & local memories
Read and share memories of Seaview and Isle of Wight inspired by Frith photos.
It isn't really my memory, as it was before my time. My grandfather, was the owner of the Starboard Club and my father was born on the top floor in 1963. I have no memories myself, only those that my father has told me. He grew up in Seaview until my grandfather sold the club in the early 70's and moved the family to Cambridge. Our family does not have many photos from that time and as this is the first photo I have found, I thought I would comment on it.
My Special Place
My Seaview experiences started from shortly after I was born and go right up to the present day. I'm from Reading, Berks, but our whole family used to rent a big house somewhere in Seaview every summer for a holiday. I was born in 1962, so I joined the Seaview summer holiday scene shortly after that. The family started with my maternal grandmother and extended down to her four children and then all of their children (16 of us). For several years we rented a house called Windy Ridge in Ferneyclose Road (which drops right down to Seagrove Bay). Then, for another several years, we rented the Garnett's house, Horestone Point, further on up Ferneyclose Road. After that, the different chunks of the family split up to do their own separate holidays. But my parents carried on with Seaview holidays, renting a house on Seaview Duver for some years. Oh, and one year we rented either Salterns or Saltmeads Cottage at the junction of Bluett Avenue and the Duver!... Read more
My Second Home
I spent much of my childhood and teenage years staying at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Ryde Road as my gran lived there too and latterly my mum until 2002. The houses have not changed much over the years but there are a lot more cars parked there now in the summer months!
I have such happy memories of all my holidays spent there and would love to retire to the Island some day.
MY FIRST JOB
I worked at the Pier Hotel in the summer of 1960. It was my first job. I was a commis waiter ..didn't really like it at all...but I was billeted out at a nearby village.
I had my first drunk drinking scrumpy mixed with cheap red wine with Italian waiters from the hotel in the pub in Seaview..an experience which brought me great suffering and required my taking the next day off work in order that I would not die !
I also was fortunate to meet a lovely Dutch young woman,Riet Berendsen, 4 years my senior, who was an au pair girl at the hotel. We kissed and held hands on the sea wall. We saw each other briefly in London after the summer but I was too immature for things to progress any further...oh to turn the clock back !!