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Interview with Mrs Vanda Dudley about her parents guest house, Douglas

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Vanda Dudley gives John Beckerson a tour of 9 Victoria Street (which was called Cornbrook) which was once her parents guest house. Vanda talks about the house and her childhood memories of living there; ground floor; kitchen; boiler room with anecdote about preparing vegetables for guests; dining room with story about cleaning candlesticks for lighting in guest bedrooms; description of view to Victoria Street, Villiers Hotel and tram lines; family sitting room with anecdote about being in trouble for spending tips from guests; landing and hall; first floor front bedroom with story about allocation of rooms; anecdote about policeman on duty at Jubilee Clock referring guests to them; best bedroom; sleeping arrangements for the family in summer season; washing arrangements; description of view from windows and shops nearby; anecdote about game played with papers on the tramlines when going to school; top floor and attics.

Mrs Dudley's son is present during the tour and also comments on the sound recording.

Administration / Biographical History: Vanda Dudley (née Crellin) was born 'just before the First World War'. John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: English

Extent: 24 min. 26 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/14

Access conditions: All reasonable attempt has been made by Manx National Heritage to trace and request permission (where needed) from the copyright holder(s) in this sound recording. If however you think you are a rights holder then please contact Manx National Heritage.

Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHHolidays


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