Ventnor under a blanket of snow and ice

Ventnor under a blanket of snow and ice: 18 January 1985, by Michael Freeman. The second week of January 1985 saw Ventnor experience snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. Roads became ice-rinks and vehicle accidents followed. When the thaw came the week after, burst pipes wrecked a number of properties, including the Westfield Holiday Centre. PDF… read more »

The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Lowtherville by Colin Beavis

The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Lowtherville was the first place of worship in the growing settlement, opening in 1882. A Sunday school room was added in 1895, eventually become a key social centre for Lowtherville. The chapel and school room were closed in the 1960s and demolished for development. Read article here as PDF The… read more »

Society Meeting: Friday 26th January 2024

Our first Society Meeting for the new year will be on  Friday 26th January 2024, when Jeffrey Mazo will be giving a talk entitled Listening to the Enemy: Ventnor’s Wrens, Bletchley Park and the Secret War. The meeting will be at Yarborough Masonic Hall Grove Road, Ventnor 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 26th January 2024 All… read more »

Christmas 1913 in Ventnor

Christmas 1913 in Ventnor by Michael Freeman. There was entertainment all round in Ventnor that December according to The Mercury newspaper. Films at the Electric Picture Palace on High Street. More films at the Hippodrome on the Esplanade, where the youngsters could also roller skate. Then, on Evening of 22nd December, there were illuminations and… read more »

Southern Television is Broadcast to Ventnor

Southern Television is Broadcast to Ventnor,  by Michael Freeman. ITV’s Southern Television started broadcasting to the South of England on the evening of 30 Aug 1958, and the article highlights some of the shows viewers enjoyed over the years included The Army Game, Cheyenne, Take Your Pick, and children’s programmes like Noddy.  Popular performers including… read more »

Ventnor Quarry, site of the town’s first railway station

Ventnor Quarry, site of the town’s first railway station. By Michael Freeman.  The article includes contemporary photographs of the entrance to the new railway tunnel through St Boniface Down, and of the the station site with construction underway (shown here). PDF of the article available to read here:  Ventnor Quarry, site of the town’s first… read more »

Millmore’s Garage

Millmore’s Garage. By Michael Freeman.  Matthew Martin Millmore started this garage business after WW2, and expanded it with his sons Alan and Joe. In 1958, Joe emigrated to Australia where his sister Mary Millmore (later Sheehan) lived. The Millmore family were supporters of Holy Trinity Church where Matthew was a churchwarden and his wife Rose… read more »

Ventnor Park in the Early Days

Ventnor Park in the Early Days by Colin Beavis.  The history of Ventnor Park from its early years to the present, including a photograph showing the first houses built on what became Park Avenue, and another of the bandstand, which was moved to the Park from Ventnor Pier in 1903. PDF of article available here… read more »

Dean Crossing and the new Whitwell Road

Dean Crossing and the new Whitwell Road.   The new Whitwell Road linking the village to Ventnor was opened in 1890, and seven years later the railway arrived in Whitwell as part of the Newport, Godshill and St Lawrence Company’s branch from Merstone. A photo from 1920 shows Dean Crossing, with the pedestrian bridge and the crossing-keeper’s… read more »

The Buddle Inn, Niton Undercliff

The Buddle Inn, Niton Undercliff, by Michael Freeman. It is thought that the Buddle in was originally a farmhouse, but the photograph here shows it in around 1910 when it had been a drinking house for some three centuries, and the licensee was probably John Cotton. In the 1830s it provided contraband liquor from the… read more »