Ventnor Approaches

Isle of Wight

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).

From the Royal National Hospital (Ventnor Botanical Gardens) to Steephill Cove

The Royal National Hospital

"The National Cottage Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest on the separate principle" may be said to have been conceived in 1867, founded in 1868 and opened in1869. It was closed on April 15th 1964 by which time it had changed to the "Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest"

The Story of the Royal National Hospital Ventnor by E.F.Laidlaw (1990)

After remaining derelict for some years, the buildings were demolished and the grounds developed as Ventnor Botanic Garden.

On the cliff edge near Ventnor Ventnor from a distance
On the Cliffs, with a distant view of Ventnor, 1908. (Hartmann)

Ventnor from St Lawrence, showing the Royal National Hospital, the town and Radio Masts on the Downs above, 1954. (Nigh)

Royal National Hospital Royal National Hospital from the East

An undated view of the Royal National Hospital.

The chapel is in the centre of the picture

Another view of the Royal National Hospital, this time from the South. (Nigh)

Flowersbrook from the air Flowersbrook and Steephill Castle
Flowers Brook pleasure park (now closed) from the air with

Steephill Castle (now demolished) behind, undated.

A view of Flowers Brook putting green. Probably from the 1950's. (Valentine)

Steephill Castle Steephill Cove

Steephill Castle from 1906. (R E H)

More about Steephill Castle

Steephill Cove, 1906
Steephill Cove Steephill Cove from the East

A similar view, 1912

An artistic view of Steephill Cove from the east,

about 1910. (Tuck, Oilette)

Steephill Cove from the west Steephill Cove looking east
Steephill Cove, around1910, with Ventnor pier in the background Steephill Cove, probably in the late 50's. (Constance)

St Lawrence


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