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Interview with Miss Janet Gibb of the Grove, Ramsey, about her life, and recollections of Janet Gibb by John Stowell Kenyon

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Date(s): 23 May 1973, 1974

Scope & Content: Track 1: Janet Gibb of the Grove, Ramsey talks to John Stowell Kenyon about her life. Janet talks about the old windmill at the corner of Jurby Road and Ash Grove and its builder Mr Monk and family at Ballacallingham; Ernest Tellerson and family, later occupier of the mill. She talks about the place Dog Mills; Ormley Hall built by Mr Paton which became a bakery; the families Burleigh, Mannock; Edward Quayle the baker and family; Bolivia Mount house and the Teare family; Quayle Hall in Ramsey which was a mission house; Caledonia Lodge, Maughold.

Janet recalls the Manx hens (‘rumpies’) and Loaghtan sheep at the Grove; Belthane Farm owned by her grandfather; visits to Shetland; R.E. Allen and family; Belle View and Captain and Mrs Williamson who lived there; Elliot Allen and Lady Cowley; Percy Cowley’s first wife; Willie Hardy Kneale, brother of rector of Ballaugh and headmaster of Ramsey Grammar School; Corlett family connections. There is a discussion about old Manx customs and superstitions; travelling beggars and sellers; and the White Boys at Christmas.

Track 2: Monologue by John Stowell Kenyon on the death of Janet Anne Gibb, 3 April 1974, aged 96. He describes her last birthday celebration; her funeral service at St Paul’s church, Ramsey; and burial in the new cemetery, Maughold. He ends with his personal recollections of Janet. Sound recording of a funeral hymn played in a church, presumably by the interviewer.

Administration / Biographical History: Janet Anne Gibb was donor of The Grove, Ramsey (1878-1974). John Stowell Kenyon was a businessman and local antiquarian (1908-1998).

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 10 min. 37 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0179

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