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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Albert Street School

Ventnor National School was in Albert Street, next to where Ventnor Medical Centre now stands. The foundation stone was laid in November 1859 by Charlotte Hambrough, whose husband Albert had provided a large contribution to the costs.  The building, shown here, was described as "early gothic, slightly Italianised in some of the details".  There were two wings, one for boys and one for girls, with living space in the centre of the building for the master and mistress. During the Second World War, air raids aimed at the Radar Station on the downs meant that Albert Street was thought to be such a dangerous area that in 1942 the children were moved to The Rugen, a large house overlooking Ventnor Park, returning to Albert Street after D Day in 1944. The school closed finally in 1956/7 and blocks of flats now stand where the school was.Read more...