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

Paddle Steamers

In 1863 the PS (Paddle Steamer) Chancellor was wrecked attempting a landing a Ventnor Harbour pier, holed on the Lion Rock. In 1887 Southsea-Ventnor-Sandown  & Shanklin Steamboat Co started services, and in 1888: P S Dandie Dinmont , 'Ventnor's own steamer', was brought down from Scotland.  Despite a chequered career, including sinking in Portsmouth Harbour, she lasted until 1899. By 1900 there were many fine paddle steamers in Solent waters, and  most, if not all, called at Ventnor Pier, including Balmoral, Lorna Doone, Solent Queen, Bournemouth Queen, Empress, Emperor of India, Stirling Castle, Princess Helena, Duchess of Norfolk, Cambria, Glen Rosa, and Monarch. In this golden age trips were available to Sussex, Dorset and even Devon resorts as well as across the channel. From the 1930s until the 1950s more well known steamers called, including Gracie Fields and Princess Elizabeth. Between 1940 and 1945 many steamers had an heroic war. A lot were lost or returned in run down condition and had to be scrapped. The 1960s saw the end of 'paddlers', but from the 1980s onwards, although there is no pier at Ventnor, the PS Waverley can still be seen passing on her annual visits to the South coast.Read more...

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