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Local History Articles 2017 |

Local History Articles 2017

Ventnor & District Local History History Articles from 2017
(work in progress – not all articles are yet available here)

A – E

The Bathing Machines of Castlehaven: life in Castlehaven described by George R Haynes (published May 2017)
View PDF The Bathing Machines of Castlehaven

A ‘Boy’s Own’ story from the 1920s and 1930s: Albert Taylor who grew up around Wheeler’s Bay, attended Albert Street School, was apprenticed with Ingrams, had a short spell in war service, then returned to work for Ventnor U.D.C., remembered his Ventnor childhood in the Maple Society Newsletter, from which this article is drawn.
View PDF A ‘Boy’s Own’ story from the 1920s and 1930s

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie: Charlie Kunz was an American pianist and jazz band leader who visited Ventnor in the 1930s (published June 2017)
View PDF: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

F – G

From Moorhills Farm to the Winter Gardens: Win Smith’s recollections of her childhood, Ventnor Carnivals, and dancing at the Winter Gardens as a teenager, and her wedding day.
View PDF: From Moorhills Farm to the Winter Gardens

H – N

Lucknow Villa, Zig Zag Road: the story of the house and of the Ryden Family who spent holidays there in the 1930s (published December 2017)
View PDF Lucknow Villa, Zig Zag Road

Marooned in Bonchurch: the story of Elizabeth Chanler (published October 2017)
View PDF Marooned in Bonchurch

O – T

U – Z

The Undercliff Isolation Hospital: The Undercliff Isolation Hospital in Lowtherville, Upper Ventnor, which opened in 1904, was used to isolate patients, particularly children suffering from Scarlet fever, then one of the most dreaded diseases of childhood. A horse or donkey drawn ambulance was used to bring patients to the hospital, which closed in 1943, the buildings later used for the provision of school meals, as a builders’ store, and in the 1970s as a doll factory.
View PDF The Undercliff Isolation Hospital 

Vanished Ventnor: Rayner’s Hotel: Opened by Henry Rayner in 1872 on Victoria Street, it was originally named the Temperance Commercial Hotel though it soon became known as Rayner’s.
View PDF Vanished Ventnor: Rayner’s Hotel

A Wartime Despatch Case: The case belonged to Sir James Willoughby Gordon (1771-1851) who lived in ‘The Orchard’ in Niton Undercliff in the 1820s (published August 2017)
View PDF  A Wartime Despatch Case

Ventnor Roller Skating Club – ‘It was magic at night’: Win Smith’s memories of roller skating in Ventnor on the Eastern Esplanade in the 1950s, and the Continental Cafe.
View PDF Ventnor Roller Skating Club – ‘It was magic at night’


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