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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Ventnor Heritage Centre Publications

Ventnor Heritage Centre has a wide range of books and pamphlets on the history of Ventnor and the surrounding villages. These are for sale in the Heritage Centre shop (see list below) and can also be provided by post at cost. Cheques should be made payable to Ventnor & District Local History Society.

Books: (Post and packing £2.50 each unless indicated otherwise)

Dickens on an Island (£6)
Here Layeth – Memorials at St Boniface Old Church (£1.95)
Inns & Ale – Bonchurch to Chale (£1)
The Ventnor West Branch Line (£4)
The Undercliff Isle of Wight, Michael Freeman (£9.50)
Ventnor Isle of Wight – The English Mediterranean, Michael Freeman (£9.50)
Victorians in Search of Winter Health, Michael Freeman (£9.95, post & packing £2.50)
Wight Wildlife, Jim Knighton (£1)

Spiral Bound Booklets – £3.00 each (Post and Packing £1.50 per booklet)

Conflict and Conflagration
Old Men Remember
Paddling to Ventnor Pier
RAF Ventnor – The Cold War Years
A Seaside Story
A Winter Sanatorium
While I Breathe I Hope

DVDs

All Stations West (£11.99)
England’s Eden (£11.99)
Ventnor Scrapbook (£11.99)
Ventnor & the Undercliff / Ventnor No Finer Place (£8.95)

Society Local History Pamphlets (A4)

We have many pamphlets written over the years by Society members on specific topics. A full list of titles is available in the museum, and copies can be printed to order, price £1.50 each plus postage and packaging £1.50.


From our archives

Underley Shipwreck

  The Underley was a full-rigged ship of 1202 tons built in 1866 in Lancaster.  She was owned by a  Captain Chambers who traded as the Liverpool and Lancaster Line between Britain and Australia. Under the command of Captain Tidmarsh, the vessel was outward bound from London To Melbourne when she came ashore in a south-easterly gale on the night of 26th/27th September 1871.  She came ashore between Bonchurch and Dunnose Point. There were thirty passengers on board and a cargo of cotton, machinery and gunpowder. Passengers and crew were all saved except for a steward, Richard Tatton-Groves, who  reputedly re-boarded the vessel to save a pet bird and was swept overboard as the vessel started to break up.  Tugs stood by but they were unable to move her and she became a total loss. The Captain and the Pilot were both blamed for negligence at the Court of Inguiry. For many years a finely-carved name plate from the ship adorned a wall on the Landslip path.  We understand that this is now at a private house, close by, in safe keeping.Read more...

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