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Interview with Mr Redpath about mines and mining in Maughold

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Date(s): 1954

Creator(s): Manx Museum

Place made: Maughold

Scope & Content: Mr Redpath talks to Bill Radcliffe and Walter Clarke about mines and mining in Maughold. The sound recording begins with songs sung in Manx Gaelic including ‘Saveen Millish’, ‘Graih my Chree’ and ‘My Caillin Veg Dhone'; reading from The Bible, Ezekiel chapter 37 verses 5-6 in Manx Gaelic; and songs sung in English and Manx including ‘My Young Love Said to Me’, ‘Out of the Night That Covers Me’ and ‘You Love Me Faithfully’.

Mr Redpath lists the mines in Kirk Maughold, including North Laxey, Ballaglass Glen, Calla, Traie ny Halsall, Dronnane and a copper mine under the lighthouse at Maughold head, Glebe. He talks about mining iron ore at the Glebe; Captain Robert Christian; carting the ore to Ramsey harbour; shipping ore from Dronnane in schooners; Laxey and Snaefell mines; wages; length of shifts; quantity of ore shipped out; details of Dronnane mine; windmills; the vicars of Maughold, R.D. Kermode and Pope; size of the workforce; dimensions of the levels worked; joiner and blacksmith shops; weigh bridge; magazine hut on hillside; wagons going into Dronnane, Magher Breck; working with Foulis (d.1922); Cornish miners at Laxey; timber in the mine shafts; 'shooting out' the ore; and he mentions hard hats with clay and candles in north Laxey and acetylene lights.

Administration / Biographical History: Walter Clarke, Manx speaker, translator and Manx Museum technician (1928-2007). John William Radcliffe was a Manx scholar (1917-1984).

Language: English, Manx Gaelic

Extent: 27 min. 42 sec.

Item name: magnetic tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0115

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.

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