Looking Back for July 18

By Matthew McKew

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:30


100 Years Ago - July 18, 1914

NEWPORT’S mayor was inundated with advertisements of various poisons and contrivances for destroying rats after he led a discussion advocating an organised campaign for the extermination of rats in the borough.

One man reported catching 23 rats in a contraption, while another claimed 26.


The Horticultural Society held its wasp killing awards. The first prize winner killed no less than 402 queen wasps. A total of 1,397 were destroyed.

75 Years Ago - July 22, 1939

A woman from Ventnor with an estate worth £106,000 died without a will or

any letters of administration for her property.

Her estate in 2014 would have a value of around £5 million, based on inflation.

The Hon Eileen Theresa Lucy de la Poer Beresford’s estate was passed to her sister.


The first of six destroyers ordered by the Brazilian government was launched from East Cowes.

Messrs. J. Samuel White and Co launched the 323ft-long and 33ft-wide Javary.

It was fitted with 4.7in guns, two sets of quadruple torpedo tubes and several smaller anti-aircraft guns.

A second destroyer built by the Island shipwright was also due to be launched.

50 Years Ago - July 18, 1964

The official opening of factories and laboratories of Decca Radar Ltd, at the former Somerton Airport, Cowes, took place.

It was said the factory comprised the best-equipped radar development, production and test establishment in the world.

Decca Radar Ltd was to employ over 600 employees.


The Southern Vectis Omnibus Company informed Newport Town Council that it was unable to accede to the request for free travel on the buses in town areas for old-age pensioners.

The company quoted proceedings in parliament when the prime minister gave answers to two questions expressing the government’s view the best way of helping old people in need was to supplement their pensions in cash and not subsidise any particular service.

25 Years Ago - July 14, 1989

More than 40 families were evacuated from Clifford Street, Newport, when a fire caused extensive damage to a garage containing three potentially explosive gas cylinders.


South Wight planners deferred a decision on the proposed conversion of Cameron House, Freshwater, while they awaited information from the Department for Environment regarding its possible listing.

The building, formerly the home of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, was set to be listed because of its historical value. An application had been made to convert the house from holiday flats into self-contained flats.

10 Years Ago - July 16, 2004

A new bus station for Newport was approved by councillors.

The multi-million- pound scheme for a 50,000 sq ft building with bus station and retail centre was agreed in principal.


The final bell rang for pupils at Westmont School as it closed its doors for the last time at its home in The Mall, Newport.

The end had been nigh for the small independent school, which had just celebrated its 125th anniversary, when the site was put up for sale.

But former pupil Elaine Hocken offered her family home, Beechwood House, Carisbrooke, as a new base for the school.

The school was awaiting planning consent for a change of use.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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