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Interview with Frank Cowin about Douglas harbour

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Date(s): 1996

Creator(s): Neate, Kirsty

Scope & Content: Tracks 1 and 2: Frank Cowin talks to Kirsy Neate about Douglas harbour. Frank talks about buildings recently demolished by the Clarendon; Coffee House Berth wall plaque; harbour expansion; origins of Coffee Palace name; small streets, houses, pubs prior to bus station and the Parade, cleared in the 1920s; bus station offices and waiting room; Coffee Palace; quay frontage redevelopment from 1890; Douglas Hotel; Douglas town; construction of Athol St; early history of Douglas Hotel; Peter Fannin’s School of Navigation; Manx Legion originally site of open market place and Old St Matthew’s church; cast iron market; The British public house; buildings by Rigby and Hislop; Young’s chemist; narrow streets; New St Matthew’s church and Ridgeway street; original Prospect Hill and Victoria Street; lane past Salvation Army and Douglas Corporation power station; railway generating house at Derby Castle; the Saddle public house; Newson’s with Manx slate; Clinch’s; Corlett sons & Cowley buildings and Bonded Warehouse; south side of quay where shipbuilding or ship repairing was done; red herring houses; Holmes bank; brewery by Douglas Bay Yacht Club; Gas Works Hill leading to Douglas Head and Well Road Hill; Murdoch House; Gelling’s Foundry; Gas works buildings; Arch Tower House where Mr Baum lived; Captain John Quilliam mortgage papers; one of bridges across harbour opposed by Sir George Moore; original Douglas mortuary on Tongue; Clinch’s building; Nunnery; laundries, Cowin’s at Union Mills and Clucas’s at Tromode; brush factory; rubbing strakes for paddle ships; types of boats using harbour; lifeboat station on Promenade; Swing bridge; plaque to Sir William Hillary; Fort Ann; Battery pier and Abernathy pier; Abernathy pier at Peel; Victoria pier; Edward Pier, originally Red Pier; lighthouse; Fort Ann; Douglas Head hotel; kiosks where harbour ferries worked, cattle berth, site of steam crane; Douglas Gun Battery; lighthouse and Port Skillion swimming baths; automatic postcard machines; Imperial Buildings and Warwick Viewing Tower; Manx based companies developing seaside infrastructure and novelty buildings; Marine Drive railway centenary; men-only baths, rifle ranges, open air theatre and open air church services; Lourdes Grotto; incline railway and Marine Drive railway; Naval Volunteer Reserve Battery; Camera Obscura; stunt aeroplane crash; HMS ‘Valkyrie’; tollhouses for Marine Drive.

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 14 min. 54 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0403

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