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

Your Stories: Ventnor Roller Skating Club and dances at the Winter Gardens

Win Salter was born in 1935 at Moorhills Farm in Whitwell where her father, Fred Salter,  had followed his father Charles as the farmer. The photo of her father Fred on his hunter, dressed as a hussar, is from the early 1920s and taken in Whitwell; he was on his way to be a Marshall at the Ventnor Carnival. When Win was three, the family moved from Moorhills to Stenbury Lodge in Whitwell, where they were living throughout the second world war.  Although she was only a child at that time, Win recalls that when Southampton was bombed you could see it alight from Stenbury.  There were soldiers billeted on the downs, and she remembers them coming to the house sometimes for meals.  Her father caught rabbits, and mother would make a huge rabbit stew, followed by apple pie, and the soldiers  would park their rifles in a big pile in the porch and come in for the feast; they brought sugar for her mother, and bits of chocolate for the children - and nylons for Win's elder sister.  When D Day finally came  the sky was black with planes, droning across all day long. The family moved again, this time to Sussex …Read more...