Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Welcome to the Ryde Social Heritage Group Website

Ryde Social Heritage Group

RSHG was formed by a small group of friends in 2002 and became a formally constituted group in 2005.  RSHG exists to research, document and share information about the history of Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK, including the development of the town, the people, their lives and deaths, businesses and entertainments.


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Since 2002 we have been recording information from Ryde Cemetery producing maps and recording inscriptions and we search through archives to find biographical information relating to the people buried there. We are also researching about the people, businesses, development and significant events that happened in Ryde.  We collect documents, information and artefacts relating to Ryde and have a growing archive which we make available to the public at Open Days and exhibitions.  We produce books and leaflets, hold exhibitions and give guided walks and presentations to help people understand the rich history and the significance of our town. 

Next Event:

While waiting for our next event to be announced why not take a look at (and listen to) our Ryde Heritage Audio Trail?
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Join us:

Ryde Social Heritage Group (RSHG) formed in 2002 aims to widen the appreciation of local history, help support people to learn about Ryde's past and their own local histories, and record and preserve the local history of Ryde, Isle of Wight.

If you are interested in joining the group you can find membership details on the About Us section of this website.

The grave database was last updated: 28/11/2014

- Click here to view the latest 50 records .
A moving candlelit remembrance service, led by Canon Rev Graham Morris, was held on Tuesday 11 November at the cemetery chapel.
Battersby's cycle shop
In October our Research Team added biographical information to 40 records on the website
Carol Strong and Derek Warman
We had 29 members and 1 visitor to our AGM and received apologies from 20 members
Ryde Characters
We have been continuing with our WW1 Centenary Project...


Photo of the month
Autumn in the Cemetery


What a lovely long summer we have had but we can not deny that the autumn season is now upon us


Features and Stories
1914 Fashion
The showrooms have shown a certain change. Now the great majority of the new models are ma


There are several sections to Ryde Social Heritage Group's website, all of which can be accessed by clicking on one of the words on the green bar above:

Database of Graves and Names

The Graves Section is by far the largest section of the website: the database currently holds 14432 records, from Ryde Cemetery, St Thomas' Church graveyard, Ashey & Binstead Cemeteries. The website is updated on a regular basis.   You can see the list of records added this month, or link to the most recent 100 records.  You can search for an individual by typing the surname into the search box in the top right hand corner of this page or you can go to our search page for more advanced search features.  If we have any more information about a person we have attached files to the relevant record.   Scroll down to the bottom of any record to see if more information and/or photographs have been added.


Cemetery Maps

The website also contains information to help you locate a grave in Ryde Cemetery.   This map shows you how far we have progressed in mapping and transcribing the Cemetery.  Each record for Ryde Cemetery gives a RSHG map number and grid reference.  If you go to the map page you can print off a copy of the relevant map or maps.  You can also look up the name of a person in the Alphabetical Indexes, the indexes contain ALL the names that are on the maps whether the Transcribing Group has been able to read them or not.  Some graves cannot be read because they are too eroded, have no markers or are too overgrown.  So if you can't find who you are looking for by using our Search features it's worth checking in the Indexes.  Further details of how to do this can be found on the Map page.   The map and index files may take a few minutes to download, depending on the speed of your connection.


PLEASE NOTE information, indexes and maps for Ashey and Binstead cemeteries and St Thomas churchyard will be added soon.


History of Ryde and Ryde Cemetery (IoW, UK)

The section on "History" is divided in two – the history of the Cemetery, and the history of the town of Ryde Isle of Wight.



The section on "Nature" provides details of the flora and fauna found in Ryde Cemetery as this is also part of the heritage of the Cemetery grounds.


Photo Galleries

The "Gallery" section has categories for People, Nature, Ryde Town, The Cemetery, Ryde Social Heritage Group (RSHG) Activities, and a Miscellaneous Gallery.  An enlarged view of all the thumbnail images on this website can be obtained by double clicking on any thumbnail picture.


About Ryde Social Heritage Group

The "About Us" Section contains details about Ryde Social Heritage Group (RSHG): it lists Committee members, meetings, Newsletters, and how to join the group.


More Features:

Each month, the front page has a "Featured Article", and a dated list of "News" items.  The stories on these two pages are archived so that you can always read any you have missed.  There is usually a seasonal photo of the month.   Finally, a "Guestbook" lists some of the comments and queries posted to the site via the moderated "Contact Us" section.


Talk to us

Please let us know what you think of this web site.  We value your opinons.


..or come and find us!

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