The English seaside town of Ryde is found on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight. You can get there from Hampshire by taking a ferry to Ryde pier, or even by riding in a hovercraft!
Back in the 19th century the villages of Upper Ryde and Lower Ryde were expanded and merged to become a popular Victorian holiday destination. Today, its lovely beaches and the world’s oldest surviving pier means Ryde continues to draw in tourists.
The Prince of Wales Comes To Ryde, 1920s
The Prince of Wales visited the Isle of Wight in the 1920s. He later became King Edward VIII, before abdicating to marry Mr Simpson.
The following three films from HuntleyFilmArchives briefly record the Prince’s visit to Ryde, intermingled with other locations. They show the crowds, decorated streets, naming of the Lifeboat at Yarmouth, and the moment the Prince became the first ever Freeman of the City of Portsmouth. There are also glimpses of sporting events, a ladies donkey race and a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Ryde In The 1950s
The ISLE OF WIGHT ARCHIVE uploaded this film of 1950s Ryde and Seaview to YouTube. It shows numberous scenes of Ryde including arrival by boat at the Ryde pier head, lots of busy shots of cranes unloading, a ride on the tramway to Ryde esplanade, shots of ryde esplanade and union street, Ryde’s boating lake, Eastern gardens and pavilion, people drinking soda on deckchairs and a woman knitting.
The film moves onto Seaview and shots of the suspension pier, before returning to Ryde again for shots of the pier’s train.
Ryde In The 1960s
This amateur shot cine film from 1961 was uploaded to YouTube by ISLE OF WIGHT ARCHIVE. It features scened from Godshill, Ryde esplanade, and Union Street.
This amateur cine film from the 1960s has been uploaded to YouTube by ISLE OF WIGHT ARCHIVE. Footage starts with the hovercraft, and moves on to show the Ryde pavilion, Plaza Cinema, Cowes town, and boating activities.
An Amateur home movie showing steam trains in action at Ryde, Isle of Wight, in the 1960s.. Uploaded to YouTube by HuntleyFilmArchives.
This footage of Ryde in the 1960s was uploaded to YouTube by MrRadioWonderland.
Ryde In the 1970s
Amateur cine film from 1975 filmed on the Isle of Wight, loaded to YouTube by ISLE OF WIGHT ARCHIVE.
This film uploaded to YouTube by ISLE OF WIGHT ARCHIVE shows amateur cine film taken in 1977. Just at the point when you think you’ve seen a traditional British beach holiday, along comes a swarm of helicopters!
Uploaded to YouTube by ISLE OF WIGHT ARCHIVE, this short film shows the rethatching of the old thatchers end building in Ryde, starting on may 18th 1977.
Ryde In the 1980s
Nicholas Tozer uploaded this early 1989 home video to YouTube. It shows Class 485 (4-VEC) units 041/043/044 in action during a journey from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin. If you travelled by train during the 1980s, you’ll appreciate the quiet shots of the train interior. The ambient sounds really captured the sense of a hot English summer day.
The 21st Century
SimUK filmed this video on May 3rd 2007 at Ryde, during a week’s holiday on the Isle of Wight. Some viewers may prefer to turn the sound down before playing.
“Hovertravel operate the hovercrafts which cross the Solent in just 10 minutes, between Ryde on the Isle of Wight and Southsea near Portsmouth on the mainland. The service has been running since 1965, making them the longest established commercial hovercraft operator in the world!” SimUK
YouTube channel iloveryde has uploaded a video of a family playing in the snow at St.Thomas’s Church Garden, Ryde on 2nd December 2010. After many years of mild winters, the sudden cold weather and heavy snow caused great excitement across the country.
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