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Interviews with Mr Maddrell, Mr and Mrs Callister, Mr Moore, Miss Gelling and others for the Manx Folk Life Survey

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Date(s): 1962

Creator(s): Manx Museum

Scope & Content: Track 1: Woman describes cutting the last sheaves of corn for 'The Melliah (harvest)'; harvest supper at Ballachrink, Baldwin; 'Philly the Death' and 'Matt Beg' who would play a fiddle and would tell yarns of fairies; belief in signs in relation to a funeral.

Another speaker, this time a man, talks about a blacksmith shop in Port St Mary; Neddy Hom Ruy; Milner on holiday in Port Erin and Milner’s Tower; building the Falcon’s Nest, Port Erin; fishing for pollack; renting the Calf of Man; ship running ashore at Kitterland with loss of crew; the story of the explosion on Kitterland.

Mr Maddrell talks about rights-of-way and roads; miners road; easement and Johnny Callow's well at Croit Roi; his job inspecting and valuing buildings including those badly thatched or with tin roofs which were often pulled down.

Woman speaker relates a tale her mother (Mrs Callister of Ballaragh Road Bridge) told her about how, when was young, she took a shortcut through fields and three little men dressed like sailors followed her even after crossing a stream; grandfather telling her to sing the hymn ‘Jesu the Name High Over All’ to make the fairies disappear.

Speaker tells a story about Glenmoar, Sulby Glen and Nicholas Quayle (known as Bill) who kept white hares on Mount Karrin. He tells another story about Ballaskelly and about a 'phynnodderee' (supernatural being) called William.

Woman speaker recalls reading 'Uncle Tom’s Cabin' and 'The Life of General Gordon' and other books given as Sunday School prizes; walking to Arbory School from where she lived at Ballakilpheric.

Track 2: Mr and Mrs Callister talk about Charles Wesley; having ‘the sight’ and spirits; a new binder damaged by the fairies; Mrs Brew of Rhendhoo and Thomas Kermode of Smeale and farming equipment; James Brew at Willow Grove and his binder intended for the Manx Museum.

Mr Maddrell talks about his trade as a shoemaker; the bootmakers Teddy Callister, J.J. Qualtrough, Jim Crebbin; how to make shoes and boots; Douglas tan pits and the tannery on Well Road Hill; Hudsons take-over of Cain’s; a 200-year-old armchair in the kitchen made by Mr Hudgeon of Fistard.

Mr Moore, fisherman, recalls the boats he sailed in from the age of 12; sailing to France during the First World War; the sailmakers in Port St Mary, Clucas and John Watterson.

Mrs Gelling recalls the house she lived in which had been a pub before the Big Snow in 1895. She mentions Miss Joyce and Mr Callister; a forge and an iron cutting machine; Tommy Lawson who worked at Foxdale Mine; Langness mine; old mine at Ballafurt where children later played.

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

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 2 min. 5 sec.

Item name: magnetic recording tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0091

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHManxFolkLifeSurvey


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