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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Rayner’s Hotel

Rayner's Temperance, Family and Commercial hotel used to stand on Victoria Street almost opposite the junction with Albert Street. It was popular and  well appointed, ran a special bus to meet visitors at Ventnor Station, and also provided a tennis court  and pleasure gardens for guests a few minutes away in Dudley Road (where the car park is now). The first telephone in Ventnor was said to be an 'acoustic' one connecting Rayner's Hotel in Victoria Street with Mr F Baker's Postingmaster's premises in Mill Street (now Pier Street). Damaged by enemy bombs in 1944, the hotel was demolished later that year. The site became a garage and later a supermarket.Read more...