During a recent trip to the Isle of Wight we were able to visit the site of the Ryde Garage, Downing and Donovan and take a trip to the Records Office at Newport. We found new […]
A new/old photo of Totland Service Station – This was the local garage and was used each year by Mr Stimson from 1961. Probably filled up with fuel here too!
Here we are going to look at period photos of Fishbourne and Portsmouth. The scene changed very little prior to 1961-62.
It seemed our car VDL634 would have travelled a fair distance to the initial dealer. Leaving Canley in August for Munns and Underwood in Southsea/Portsmouth. Catching the Portsmouth to Fishguard (car) ferry then, we assume, […]
Isle of Wight County Press. Friday, February 4, 2011 TWO Ryde-born sisters — daughters of well-known former High Street grocers — died within days of each other. Parkinson’s disease sufferer Leonora Josephine Tweedale died at The […]
The actual road – Victoria Street, in Ryde has changed very little since the 60’s as we can see in modern and period photos. The garage and showrooms for Downing and Donovan – Ryde Garage […]
This remarkable photograph may feature our car. It was taken by Garry Stretch’s father in Ryde between September and October 1960. The original post was on Facebook so here are some of the 101 comments […]
Thanks to the Isle of Wight Heritage group on Facebook, some names from Downing and Donovan, Ryde Garage. The comments below relate to both when the garage has become a Lancia dealer and from the […]
Thanks to the archives on the Isle of Wight the original registrations still exist for the VDL range – with confirmation that Downing and Donovan registered the car on 8th December 1960. Now a (Mr?) […]
A new photo and a new angle – looking down Victoria Street, in Ryde, this time. The view looks towards the mainland – the Methodist Church at the end of the road (actually located in […]