Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To Collect, Record and preserve the rich heritage and history of Ventnor and surrounding villages, and share it with local and wider communities"

Ventnor Heritage Centre

About the Heritage Centre:

Address: 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE
email: info@ventnorheritage.org.uk

Ventnor Heritage Centre was established in 1987 to record and preserve the history of the town and surrounding villages, and to share it with the community and with visitors to the town. Our website enables us to share this history more widely: please use the search  box at the top of this page to explore the information we are making available here.  You can also join the conversation on our Ventnor & District Heritage Group on Facebook.  If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might also be interested in joining our team of volunteers who run and manage the Ventnor Heritage Centre – we would be very pleased to see you.

The Heritage Centre is the home of Ventnor & District Local History Society, established in 1980.

Working in the archive room

Donations:

The Ventnor Heritage Centre and the Ventnor and District Local History Society are entirely managed and run by volunteers.  We welcome gifts of items and documents of local interest which can be added to our collection, and we are also grateful for financial donations which are used to conserve items in our archives.





Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Rayner’s Hotel

Rayner's Temperance, Family and Commercial hotel used to stand on Victoria Street almost opposite the junction with Albert Street. It was popular and  well appointed, ran a special bus to meet visitors at Ventnor Station, and also provided a tennis court  and pleasure gardens for guests a few minutes away in Dudley Road (where the car park is now). The first telephone in Ventnor was said to be an 'acoustic' one connecting Rayner's Hotel in Victoria Street with Mr F Baker's Postingmaster's premises in Mill Street (now Pier Street). Damaged by enemy bombs in 1944, the hotel was demolished later that year. The site became a garage and later a supermarket.  

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