Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To make the past present, to bring the distant near . . . to call up our ancestors before us with all their peculiarities of language, manners, and garb, to show us over their houses, to seat us at their tables, to rummage their old-fashioned ward-robes, to explain the uses of their ponderous furniture . . . " Thomas Babington Macaulay describing what the study of history can do (written in 1828)

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Gallery

  • George and Sarah Field and their children in about 1864; they had a drapery shop at No 1 Spring Hill.

  • Ventnor High Street in the early 1900s, close to the junction with Spring Hill.

  • Tom Wheeler in Wheeler's Bay

  • Ventnor Esplanade, about 1880

  • The 'Pacific Glory' tanker burning off Ventnor in 1970

  • Ventnor Railway Station in 1866

  • A group of Burts brewery workers in the 1880s.

  • The Balmoral Hotel used to stand on Bath Road, overlooking what is now the Spyglass Inn.

  • Steephill Castle Stables. The clock tower can still be seen near Ventnor Park.

  • The Bijou cinema in Ventnor High Street, about 1920.

  • The Old Rectory Godshill, now the site of the Model Village.

  • Luggage being unloaded outside the Royal Marine Hotel.

  • Old Park, St Lawrence, with carriage at door, about 1880

  • Yard Farm Godshill in 1925

  • Farmer's wife and boy with chickens at Yard Farm Godshill in 1925

  • A "Bicycle Gymkhana" held in Ventnor Park in September 1905.

  • Bertram and George Gosden on Ventnor Beach, 1916.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

New Publication: The French Attack on Portsmouth, 1545

In the summer of 1545, King Henry VIII, already at war with France, heard that the French might soon attack him in England. Portsmouth was a target, along with the Isle of Wight.  This booklet on the battle, researched and written by C.T. Witherby (author of The French Attack on Bonchurch 1545) was never published in his lifetime. Vi Vokes, who has now prepared it for publication, introduces it: Since the raising of the Mary Rose a great deal has been written and published about her. This booklet, however, is about just one of the attacks on the Isle of Wight. Hopefully, for visitors to the Island it will provide something of interest between the Romans and buckets and spades; and for those who live here the thoughts of what happened in their backyards.

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