Western Esplanade Gardens, Ryde, Isle of Wight
A view of the Esplanade Gardens, with a fountain and a bandstand in the background. The development of the foreshore to the west of Ryde Pier was first suggested in 1877. For this to happen local residents on Pier Terrace would have to agree to sell their properties. This was not a popular request. It was not until 1900 that work on Pier Terrace and the Western Esplanade could begin.