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T.H. Mulliner, Oil and Colorman, China and Glass Depot

In Ventnor one hundred years or so ago, there were probably twice as many shops as can be seen now, lining the High Street where the main shoppers’ car park is found and continuing, only partially interrupted, along both sides of the higher reaches of the High Street and into Trinity Road. Tom Mulliner’s business… read more »

Rose Cottage: a piece of old Ventnor

In February 1932, the Isle of Wight Mercury recorded on its front page the disappearance of one of the oldest and most picturesque of the town’s landmarks. Rose Cottage, on the central part of Ventnor’s High Street, had been demolished. Read PDF version here: Rose Cottage: a piece of old Ventnor

Ventnor West station in 1950

By the summer of 1950, steps were already being taken towards the withdrawal of services from Ventnor West station, although final closure of the branch didn’t happen until 13th September 1952. Read PDF version here: Ventnor West station in 1950

Riviera Boarding House: where Alexei Tolstoy once stayed

‘Riviera’ was a boarding house in Ventnor, dating from the 1840s. Previously known as ‘Marine Villa’ it played host to the Russian poet Count Alexei Tolstoy, his new wife and his young family, in the early 1860s. Read PDF version here: Riviera Boarding House

Sharpe’s Annual Outing

Alfred James Sharpe established a drapery and furnishing store on Ventnor High Street in 1893. An astute businessman, he was also a generous participant in the life of the town, holding numerous positions of responsibility over the years. He also believed in rewarding hard-working staff, for he regularly organised a summer outing for the shop staff…. read more »

The Royal National Hospital: a patient’s story – part two

June Farnworth was admitted to the Hospital in February 1949, aged 20, direct from Guy’s Hospital in London where, for some seven months, she had been under treatment for TB on an ordinary medical ward. Read PDF version here: The Royal National Hospital: a patient’s story – part two

The Royal National Hospital: a patient’s story – part one

Among the Ventnor Heritage Centre’s archives is an eleven-page account of a 20-year old young woman’s five-month stay at the Royal National Hospital as a TB patient. Read PDF version here: The Royal National Hospital; a patient’s story – part one

St Boniface Old Church – Bonchurch

The old church of St. Boniface in Bonchurch, regarded as of Saxon origin, was restored in the Norman style shortly after the Norman Conquest by a party of monks from Lyre Abbey, with completion and consecration taking place in 1070. Read PDF version here: St Boniface Old Church – Bonchurch

Ventnor and the Undercliff Isolation Hospital

Discussions concerning a proposed Isolation Hospital for Ventnor were started in 1892 and a site was finally chosen at the top of Lowtherville Road and in November 1902. Read PDF version here: Ventnor & the Undercliff Isolation Hospital  

New book now available

We are pleased to announce that our new, long awaited, book, Ventnor and the Undercliff, in Search of Lost Time, is now published and available in our online shop, The 160 pages span the years from 1860 to 1950, with more than 180 black and white images drawn from the Society’s archive as well as… read more »

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