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"

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Some subjects are endlessly interesting to residents and to visitors to our area alike.  So we are providing here information and images from our archives about some of these places, people and events, starting with a well loved building, Steephill Castle, now disappeared, and a remarkable Ventnor Resident, Mark William Norman.  We will be adding to these subjects over the months ahead.

Steephill Castle,  Queen of the Undercliff

Mark William Norman ‘a most remarkable personality’.

Coming soon:

Ventnor Brewery

Ventnor at War – World War 2

Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Ventnor Bay in the 1890s

The spectacular sight of Ventnor's ascending terraces in the early 1890s, as viewed from the pierhead. Bathing machines are lined up along the water's edge for this was a time when it was forbidden to enter the sea any other way. Machines were hired along with an attendant and a costume, the ladies segregated at some distance from the gentlemen.