I Spy Ventnor

I Spy Ventnor - The Answers

We have included some information about these buildings, but if you can add something interesting about them, please let us know.

A Ventnor High Street

A1. High Street: Ventnor High Street had the best shops on the Island in the 19th Century.

Ventnor High Street

A2. Pittis estate agents: One of several impressive Victorian shops in this part of town.

A3. Hursts: This shop-front retains its magnificent design.

A4. The Blenheim: The Corbould family were not only wine and spirit merchants, they also brewed beer and bottled the local mineral waters. Founded in 1840.

A5. Burfield’s: Another mosaic floor threshold for a fine Victorian shop-front.

A6  A Lizard: Ventnor is famous for its colonies of wall lizards which can be seen on walls near the shore on warm sunny days.


B Victoria and Albert Streets

B1. SNU Spiritualist Church: Three former shops here have decorative tiled frontages due to their ownership by the same family: the Tuddenhams.

B2. Ventnor Youth and Community Centre: Previously a Methodist Church.

Ventnor Town Hall

B3. Old Town Hall: Built as the Undercliff Assembly Rooms in 1877, it had a stage for shows and plays. Other uses included the offices of the Ventnor Urban District Council and periods as a factory for clothing and wig making. In the 1970s it was the Coconut Grove night club. A serious fire in 1978 left it derelict and it was converted to flats in 1994 with the frontage retained.


C Pier Street

C1. Green and Foster, Veterinary Surgeons: This passage was designed for horses which would be stabled at the rear.


D Church Street and Marlborough Road
St Catherine's Church

D1. The steeple is missing: St. Catherine’s church was built of local stone in 1837.  The steeple was later found to be unsafe and removed in 1921.

D2. A pineapple: A popular wall ornament in Victorian times.

D3. A garden: The house here was originally Ventnor Farm dating from 17th century. In Victorian times this was The Manor House Tea Garden.

D4. Gents toilet: These toilets retain some splendid original features from the 1920s. The site was previously the stable block for the Blenheim Inn.


E Grove Road

E1. St. Catherine at the school: St. Catherine’s Home started in 1879 to provide care for poor people suffering from chest diseases.

Post box

E2. Victoria Regina: Postboxes have the initial of the reigning monarch. Regina is Latin for Queen.

E3. TheCrab and Lobster Tap: The original Crab and Lobster Inn is now cottages further down the road. This pub was the ‘tap’ for the Crab and Lobster Hotel.

E4. King Charles I Court: While being held prisoner at Carisbrooke Castle, legend says that King Charles I visited the Crab and Lobster Inn in 1648 when he attended the funeral of a Royalist friend in Bonchurch. Built in the 1870s as the Crab and Lobster Hotel. Renamed the King Charles I Hotel in the 1950s, it has been converted to flats.


I Spy Ventnor and I Spy Ventnor Esplanade have been created by Richard Downing and produced by the Ventnor and Undercliff Heritage Partnership with the generous support of the Isle of Wight's inspirational lifestyle magazine, Style of Wight. Style of Wight