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 . . .

Exhibition: ‘Once upon a time there were trains’

Ventnor once had two railway stations. And for something like 100 years, trains were the primary means by which visitors arrived in the town. The main line came in via a long tunnel under St. Boniface Down. It linked the resort with Ryde and the towns along the east side of the Island. The second line came from Newport and Merstone, terminating at a station behind Steephill Castle. The photograph here is of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank loco on the turntable at Ventnor’s main station circa 1910.