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Interview with Mr J. Piggot of Malew about the village of Cross Fourways

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Date(s): 3 May 1951

Creator(s): Manx Museum

Scope & Content: Mr J. Piggot talks to H. Rogers about the village of Cross Fourways. He recalls that sixty years ago Cross Fourways was a village of thirty houses with four to six people living in each house and a pub and a blacksmith. He talks about the blacksmith, Ned Costain nicknamed 'Ned the Nog'; Mrs Gelling's public house that sold ale to the men who worked in the quarries and limeworks; wages for men and women carting the stone and filling the kilns; church on the hill at Malew; diet of potatoes and herring and meat on Sunday.

Mr Piggott says he was joiner in Castletown and then talks about the blacksmiths busy with farmers tools; the pub; joiner and wheelwright shop at the Old Windmill which pumped water out of the quarries; wheelwright and cart-builder John Cubbon; the Highways board alterations to the corner; demolition of the old Cross Fourways House where four generations of the Mylchreest family had lived; Christmas night in the church with old Mr Taggart from Grenaby who sang solos in Manx and played his fiddle, the church full with six or seven hundred people.

Administration / Biographical History: This recording was made for the Manx Folk Life Survey. H. Rogers was a Manx Folk Life Survey recorder.

Language: English

Extent: 5 min. 5 sec.

Item name: magnetic tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0064

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, #UOSHManxFolkLifeSurvey


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