Museum open on Saturday mornings

We are very pleased to announce that from Saturday 11 June 2022 the Museum will also be open on Saturday mornings, meaning that we are open four mornings each week – we hope to see you during the summer! Opening times 2022: Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm Thursday: 10 am – 1 pm Friday:… read more »

Society ‘Monthly Meetings’ are back!

We are very happy to announce the return of our regular monthly meetings, beginning in June. Our schedule of speakers for the rest of 2022 is below. As in the past, meetings will be at the Masonic Hall on Grove Road at 7:30-9:00 PM, on the last Friday of every month. There will be no… read more »

Herbert Charles Beavis

Herbert Charles Beavis was born in 1886, one of thirteen children (eight girls and five boys) to Frank Beavis and his wife Edith (nee Slaughter). Like his two brothers (Hector Beavisand Bernard Beavis), he had maritime connections (albeit tenuous). The family lived in Morey’s Cottage, Steephill, on the Steephill Castle estate where Frank was a… read more »

Ventnor Comic Jazz Band: ‘Music, Mirth and Mayhem’

Ventnor Comic Jazz Band is a vital part of our Carnival, providing what has been described as ‘Music, Mirth and Mayhem’ for many years. Starting as a ‘Mop Brigade’ entertaining the Carnival crowd in 1894 by drilling with Mops instead of rifles, the Band has never failed to entertain. James ‘Skimbo’ White led the Band… read more »

Wroxall Coronation Parade June 2nd 1953

On the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, a fancy dress parade took place in Wroxall village. It was the kind of event that took place in communities up and down the land. In nearby Whitwell, the fancy dress procession was led by the Ventnor Jazz Band, while in Bonchurch a similar procession wended its way… read more »

St Lawrence Hall destroyed by fire 1951

The Isle of Wight Mercury’s headline of June 8th 1951 was ‘St. Lawrence Hall burnt out –Ventnor’s biggest ever blaze?’ The beautiful residence, built around 1886 in the style of a French Chateau, was once the home of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. Formerly called Inglewood, it had 24 bedrooms by this time, a fine… read more »

Victoria Street or Cheapside

In 1883, a brand new range of shops was opened on the east side of Victoria Street, Ventnor. The new range was presumably named after Cheapside in the City of London, for this was the street that, for centuries, had acted as a market, cheap deriving from ‘chepe’, the Saxon word for market. The individual… read more »

Millmore’s Garage

The Millmore family came to Ventnor from Cowes in 1929. Their garage at the top of the High Street was started by Matthew Martin Millmore straight after the 1939-45 war. He had previously been running carrier vans daily between Ventnor and Ryde. The High Street garage proved successful and was soon expanded with the help… read more »

Fast Food more than one hundred years ago: Loosemore’s Stores

Tom Harry Loosemore was born in Newport and his wife, Alice, in Ryde, so both were Islanders. He entered the grocery business in Ventnor at Parker’s corner by taking over the store run there by Mr. Amis. By the late 1880s, though, he had relocated to the opposite side of the junction of Madeira and… read more »

Thomas Brading, builder and contractor

Thomas Brading came to Ventnor from Newport about 1881, initially as an apprentice to the firm of Messrs Silsbury and Kingswell, based on Grove Road. By the 1901 Census, Thomas is given as aged 35, with a wife Emily, aged 38, along with seven children, ranging in ages from twelve to one. He is described… read more »