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

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...