A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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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.

Other Memories from Ryde

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

Added 13 September 2012
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.

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