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Rayner’s Hotel

Rayner’s Temperance, Family and Commercial hotel used to stand on Victoria Street almost opposite the junction with Albert Street.

Madeira Hall

Madeira Hall in Trinity Road is believed to date from the 1820s when it was occupied by a Miss Dick. 

Paddle Steamers

In 1863 the PS (Paddle Steamer) Chancellor was wrecked attempting a landing a Ventnor Harbour pier, holed on the Lion Rock.

Ventnor Bay in the 1890s

The spectacular sight of Ventnor’s ascending terraces in the early 1890s, as viewed from the pierhead.

Burts Brewery workers in the 1880s

Burts brewery was established in Ventnor in the 1840s using water from a spring on St Boniface Down.  This picture, taken in the 1880s,

Albert Street School

Ventnor National School was in Albert Street, next to where Ventnor Medical Centre now stands.

The wreck of the ‘Underley’

In September 1871, the fully rigged ship “Underley” set off from the Thames bound for Melbourne, but only two days later came to grief at Bonchurch. On the night of 25th/26th September she drove ashore in a south-easterly gale. On board were thirty passengers, the cargo included cotton goods, machinery and gunpowder.  All her passengers… read more »