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Ryde, Isle of Wight

Ryde is a British seaside town, civil parish and the most populous town and urban area on the Isle of Wight, with a population of approximately 30,000. It is situated on the north-east coast. The town grew in size as a seaside resort following the joining of the villages of Upper Ryde and Lower Ryde in the 19th century. The influence of this era is still strongly visible in the town's central and seafront architecture.
Post townRYDE
Administrative CountyIsle of Wight
Traditional CountyHampshire
OS GridSZ5992
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityHampshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityIsle of Wight
Fire and Rescue AuthorityIsle of Wight
Ambulance AuthorityIsle of Wight
Dialling code01983
Population26,152 (1991 Census)

Other names by which Ryde, Isle of Wight has been known in the past

La Riche ~ La Rye ~ Riche ~ Ride

Ryde, Isle of Wight in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ryde, watering-place, mun. bor., and par., on NE. coast of Isle of Wight, 8½ miles NE. of Newport by rail, 4 miles from Southsea Pier (across the Solent), 20 from Southampton, and 79 from London - par. (formed from Newchurch par. in 1866), 3812 ac., pop. 12,817; bor. (extending into St Helens par.), 792 ac., pop. 11,461; P.O., T.O, 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Ryde (in Norman times called La Rye, or Riche) rises in terraces from the sea, and presents a very striking appearance. Its advantages as a watering-place began to attract attention at the close of the 18th century, when it was a mere fishing village. It has fine sands, an esplanade nearly a mile long, a wooden pier 2250 ft. long which forms a delightful promenade, and public gardens with an ornamental sheet of water. At the E. end of the town is the Isle of Wight College, a public school, and westward of the pier is the club-house of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The building yards are noted for their boats and yachts. Ryde was made a municipal borough in 1868.

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