Ryde, From The Pier
Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"The pier, the chief charm of Ryde, is the natural result of the shallowness of the Ryde waters. Previous to its erection a short jetty was the only means of landing offered by Ryde to its visitors, who, did they arrive at low water, had at least the charm of choice as to one of two ways of reaching the shore, for at low tide the jetty was of no use. The option lay between going to shore in a cart, drawn by a steady old horse, or taking a sedan (the more aristocratic mode), borne by a couple of amphibious bipeds...
The look-out from the head of the pier is delightfully varied. In shore are the reclining terraces of houses, white being the prevailing colour, the island stretching away on each side in wooded hills, capped at one point by the towers of Osborne, at another by the Nab Light...
It was twenty years from the date of the completion of the pier before the esplanade was commenced (1856). However, modern engineers get through their work quickly, and the wall was soon completed."
Text by James Redding Ware.