Ventnor Fire Brigade – 1847 to 1923

As Ventnor grew rapidly from a mill and a few other buildings to hundreds of properties during the early 19th century, a severe fire at the Mill in 1847 prompted the creation of a local fire brigade. Read PDF version here: Ventnor Fire Brigade – 1847 to 1923

Christmas Week 1950

What was the latest news in Ventnor in the Christmas season 70 years ago? From the clean up after the heavy blizzard the week before, to the announcement of Ventnor Football Club Supporters’ Club, as well as details of the Xmas entertainment on offer, the Isle of Wight Mercury had it all covered. Read PDF… read more »

Snowed in on High Street Dec 1950

On Friday December 15th 1950, Ventnor awoke, after a disturbing thundery night, to find everywhere blanketed a foot deep in snow. Read PDF version here: Snowed in on High Street Dec 1950

Annie Bucket’s

The name Annie Bucket comes from the one-time resident of No. 6 Milford Cottages. Her life-time residency of the house was how this particular location came always to be known by locals as ‘Annie Bucket’s’. Read PDF version here: Annie Bucket’s  

Henry de Vere Stacpoole

Henry De Vere Stacpoole was a prolific novelist and writer who spent the latter years of his life in Bonchurch and is buried in the churchyard of St. Boniface Parish Church. Read PDF version here: Henry de Vere Stacpoole

Christmas Deliveries

Please note: The last date for posting UK packages, to ensure they arrive before Christmas, is 18th December. To meet this deadline, therefore, we will need to receive orders before (and including 17th December). Any orders received after this date will be despatched, after the Christmas break, during the week beginning 4th January 2021. Linda Chester  

Pier Destruction of 1881

A near hurricane force storm struck the south coast of the Isle of Wight over the week-end of 26th-27th November 1881, destroying the pierhead at Ventnor just weeks after its completion. Read PDF version here: Pier Destruction of 1881

Barque Catalina

The sailing barque Catalina ran aground at Binnel Bay, St. Lawrence, on March 23rd 1874. She survived her ordeal and was re-floated on the next high tide, continuing trading successfully for a further nineteen years. Read PDF version here: Barque Catalina

Mill Street shops in 1867

Mill Street in 1867 had a range of successful shops seeing to the needs of the local population. Read PDF version here: Mill Street shops in 1867

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