Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To make the past present, to bring the distant near . . . to call up our ancestors before us with all their peculiarities of language, manners, and garb, to show us over their houses, to seat us at their tables, to rummage their old-fashioned ward-robes, to explain the uses of their ponderous furniture . . . " Thomas Babington Macaulay describing what the study of history can do (written in 1828)

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Winter Gardens

Ventnor Urban District Council bought the Vicarage that stood on the site for £3,801 and changed the name to the Winter Gardens.  The old vicarage was demolished 1936 and the present building was erected; ideas for use included as a cinema and an ice rink. Financial problems were encountered from the start.  The property was run by the Council, but periodically let to tenants. It was known as Cascadia for a short time.Read more...