Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them. Please click thumbnails for full size picture. Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The manufacturer of the card is shown in brackets (where available)
Ryde pier is the arrival point of the catamaran service from Portsmouth. There were entertainment facilities at the pier head, including a theatre and bar. On the pier itself there were a number of small pavilions and boat launching ramps. All of these are now unfortunately gone.
Ryde pier was in fact 3 piers, the promenade pier for pedestrians and vehicles, built in 1840 but enlarged a number of times, a tramway pier built in 1864 which for many years carried a tramway for passengers catching the ferry and a railway pier, built in 1880 which still carried trains (now electric) down the pier. The tramway pier, the middle one, is no longer in use and has been partially dismantled. The pier is the longest in England after Southend pier at 2,250 feet, almost half a mile. At one time there was an entertainment complex at the pier head, but this fell into disuse and has been demolished.
Freshwater | Totland | Alum Bay and the Needles | Yarmouth | Shalfleet | Newtown | Calbourne | Carisbrooke Castle | Carisbrooke | Newport | Cowes and Gurnard | Osborne House | Wootton & Fishbourne | Quarr & Binstead | Ryde | Seaview | Bembridge | Brading | Sandown | Shanklin | Godshill | Arreton Valley | Ventnor | St Lawrence and the Undercliff | St Catherine's Lighthouse's | Niton | Blackgang Chine | Blackgang and Chale | Brighstone and Shorwell | Mottistone to Compton
26 August 2010