Ryde, a flourishing and fashionable watering-place on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight. 4 1/2 miles SSW. of Portsmouth, from which it is separated by the roadstead of Spithead. It consists of Upper and Lower Ryde, the former occupying the site of an ancient village, La Rye or La Riche, destroyed by the French in 1377, and the latter of quite modern construction. Fielding in 1753 described Ryde as 'a pleasant village, separated at low-water from the sea by an impassable gulf of mud;' but now there are excellent sands, and the appearance of the town with its streets and villas interspersed with trees is pleasing and picturesque. The longer of the two piers (768 feet) was constructed in 1813-61; of the buildings may be noticed the town-hall (1831); All Saints' Church (1870), by Scott, with a spire 173 feet high; St Mary's Roman Catholic Church (1846), by Hansom; and the Royal Victoria Yacht Club-house (1847). Ryde was made a municipal borough in 1868. Pop. (1851) 7147; (1881)11,461; (1901)11,043.