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"

Covid-19 update |

Covid-19 update

We regret that due to the current situation the Ventnor Heritage Centre is closed to the public and Ventnor & District Local History Society meetings are suspended until further notice.  However our usual Society work continues ‘behind the scenes’, our online shop is open for publications,  and we can be contacted as usual on or via our Ventnor & District Heritage Facebook Group.

We hope to welcome visitors back as soon as it is safe to do so, but meanwhile  we are making articles, pictures, exhibitions and other local history resources  available here on the website and on  Ventnor & District Local History Society YouTube .

Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

The wreck of the ‘Underley’

In September 1871, the fully rigged ship "Underley" set off from the Thames bound for Melbourne, but only two days later came to grief at Bonchurch. On the night of 25th/26th September she drove ashore in a south-easterly gale. On board were thirty passengers, the cargo included cotton goods, machinery and gunpowder.  All her passengers and crew were saved, except for a steward, a Mr Richard Tatton-Groves, who foolishly re-boarded the vessel, it is said to rescue his pet bird, and was washed overboard as the ship began to break up. This fine vessel became a total loss.