History

STONELANDS HOUSE

Bed & Breakfast

Ryde - Isle of Wight

History of Stonelands House

 

Few people, passing regularly back and forth the busy Binstead Road realise that a house is hidden behind the trees, or that it has stood for 200 years. Although the house is Victorian in parts, Stonelands was built around 2 exsisting pre cottages from the 18th centurey which appear on a map dated 1802. These cottages were incoporated into Stonelands House.

Stonelands became the home of Knight Admiral Sir William Loring born 1813, the second son of of Knight Admiral John Wentworth Loring born 1775 and his wife Anna Patten. Both John and William had long, distinguished naval careers. William was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1875. He died in 1895 and is buried in nearby Binstead Cemetary, wuth other family members.

Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Henry of Battenburg in 1885. Members of the Russian Royal family, who had arrived for the wedding, stayed at Stoneland's House. Princess Beatrice came to Stonelands to personally thank her wedding guests. Sir William Loring's wife, Louisa succeeded him byalmost 30 years and passed away in 1924.

In the trade census of 1933, we find Stephen Canning- Day as the next owner of Stoneland's House. He designed the Ragstone Cenotaph, which was constructed by his firm, Daniel Day and Sons of Bonchurch. It was unveiled by Princess Beatrice. Canning -Day died in 1945.

In 1950, Stonelands became the home of a surgeon, Doctor Gordon Walker.He was surgeon to the Isle of Wight prisons, and fundraiser for the police convalescent and rehabilitation trust. He held the title of High Sherriff and was a prominent figure establishing convalescent homes throughout the South of England, and set up the Abdulla Fuad Hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he stayed for one year, before returning to England to teach Surgery. Doctor Walker died in 2004.

Prior to his death, In 1997 most of the grounds of the estate were sold for housing development and Stoneland's House almost suffered the fate of many older properties on the island, being converted into flats.

 

The project never went ahead and in 2005, Stonelands became the home of independent Councillor, Philip Jordan, and in 2015, it was sold to the present owners.

 

 

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