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
Ventnor Breweries
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

Westfield

Westfield was a large mansion situated within fine and extensive grounds.  It was originally designed for Queen Adelaide.  The lease on the land ran from 1840 and the house was built about 1849.  It was owned by Charles Brown (of Brown and Poulson) and in 1850 was occupied by George Curtis. In 1932 a controversy raged when permission was sought to the lifting of a covenant restricting the use of the house.  A court case was eventually held in 1939. The house became a hotel that year as the covenant, after 100 years of the lease, was lifted. Westfield was a hotel for many years but is now flats, with chalets built in the grounds.Read more...

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