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Interview with Mrs Margaret Hodson about her time owning a guesthouse, 84 Bucks Road, Douglas, 1945-1963

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Track 1: Mrs Margaret Hodson talks to John Beckerson about her time owning a guesthouse at 84 Bucks Road. She talks about her staff, who lived in, and their duties; how the rooms and beds were cleaned at the end of the season; layout and capacity of the guesthouse; Glasgow Fair fortnight; how they could not afford to add bathrooms but made other improvements; Gellings store; guesthouse owners meeting in the winter at The Argyle, 1 Victoria Street, The Warwick, Walpole Avenue; Tom and Mark Eagles and Wilfred Critchley and his family; Florrie and Fred Griffin at the Winston in Church Road; Roger and David Griffin and Heather, his wife; rateable values of properties; Scottish guests; anecdotes about guests; pubs and alcohol for guests; Warrington Bowling Team and Mr Heaps; rules of the house including keeping the bathroom locked and only available on request; coal fired 'Jumbo' used for heating water; dialects and accents of guests; early morning arrivals of guests due to boat timetables; staff member Theresa; Tuesday Belfast boat and Friday Dublin boat; boats from Fleetwood, Liverpool, Ardrossan; tourism information; Mr Wharton the coach driver; Joe Loss and Les Vinyl staying in Merton Bank owned by Mr and Mrs Clucas; her husband, Fred; family from Birmingham unable to pay their bill in 1945.

Track 2: second side starts mid-sentence with interviewee talking about how guests paid their bills; and she talks about Fred's uncle who had helped them in business and asks interviewer to switch off the tape.

Administration / Biographical History: John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: English

Extent: 32 min. 40 sec.

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/31

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