Ryde, Esplanade 1913
Photo ref: 66302
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Ryde's Esplanade conceals a tragic story. In 1782 the man-o-war 'Royal George' heeled over just offshore on a calm day. Seven hundred British sailors were drowned, probably because the officer of the watch would not believe that the ship was taking water. Many of those lost are buried under the present Esplanade.

A Selection of Memories from Ryde

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Ryde

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Looking into the Colenutt business in Union Street, Ryde.
I was born in Longmead Road, Ryde, and remember frequenting the local band's venues, The 69 club at the Ryde Castle and the Royal York Hotel, also The Seagull at the end of Ryde Pier and the Babaloue? at Ryde airport. Ryde had many famous bands playing in the town in those days, The Cherokees, The meteors, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath to name a few. Then there was the Diamond Club set up in Ryde which was very popular, too ...see more
My name is Peter Smith. I have some wonderful memories of Ryde. The flying boats in East Cowes is one of them. The trams that ran through Ryde, before the underground stock was bought in from London. I remember being severly told off one day for stripping naked and jumping in the boating lake, bear in mind I was only about 7 or 8 I think, lol. I don't know if others would remember my gran, she worked in the ...see more
The church was the view from my flat balcony in Lind Street 1983 and beyond was the sea.