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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  • George and Sarah Field and their children in about 1864; they had a drapery shop at No 1 Spring Hill.

  • Ventnor High Street in the early 1900s, close to the junction with Spring Hill.

  • Tom Wheeler in Wheeler's Bay

  • Ventnor Esplanade, about 1880

  • The 'Pacific Glory' tanker burning off Ventnor in 1970

  • Ventnor Railway Station in 1866

  • A group of Burts brewery workers in the 1880s.

  • The Balmoral Hotel used to stand on Bath Road, overlooking what is now the Spyglass Inn.

  • Steephill Castle Stables. The clock tower can still be seen near Ventnor Park.

  • The Bijou cinema in Ventnor High Street, about 1920.

  • The Old Rectory Godshill, now the site of the Model Village.

  • Luggage being unloaded outside the Royal Marine Hotel.

  • Old Park, St Lawrence, with carriage at door, about 1880

  • Yard Farm Godshill in 1925

  • Farmer's wife and boy with chickens at Yard Farm Godshill in 1925

  • A "Bicycle Gymkhana" held in Ventnor Park in September 1905.

  • Bertram and George Gosden on Ventnor Beach, 1916.


From our archives

New exhibition and book: ‘It used to be like this . . . “

"I was born at Beach Cottage, Castlehaven, Niton Undercliff in the year nineteen hundred and six. Beach Cottage was built for my father by my grandfather of the local hard stone which we call Rag Stone. . . It was a most excellent cottage." These are the words George Roland Haynes used to begin his memories of life in Niton Undercliff in the last century; the picture here is a sketch he made of Beach Cottage. We have now published his memories as a book, ‘It used to be like this . . .’ available from the Heritage Centre (see our publications page for details), and we have a new exhibition in the museum, using some of his words along with historic photographs from our archive.Read more...

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