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Manx Radio programme interview with the Garrett family of Ballaglonney, Grenaby and Howard Jones about farming

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Date(s): 1994

Creator(s): Manx Radio

Scope & Content: The Garrett family of Ballaglonney, Grenaby and Howard Jones talk to David Callister about farming. The interview starts with mention of a fundraising walk for Hospice. John, George and Nancy Garrett then talk about the tholtan (cottage) lived in by Charlie Preston in 1921; Arnold Corlett; article written by Frances Garrett; Mike Goldie series; Willy Preston, shoe maker and scything for farmer Maddrell; scythes; superstitions and rats; killing of rats in the 1940s and payment for the tails taken to Ballasalla smithy; a tale of Guinness and lemonade; disposal of the rats; pay for working on the threshing mills; picking blackberries for Rushen Abbey; Howard Jones picking strawberries after school at Rushen Abbey; Johnny Big Foot, Jackie Square Foot; George Quayle book on wheat inducing hallucinations known locally as ‘The Smote’; superstition of not starting new jobs on a Friday known locally as ‘Hangman’s Day’; Howard Jones cutting down a tramman tree; making of elder flower and elder berry wine; Manx sayings and expressions.

They talk about Tommy Leece and Robert Kinvig, Manx speakers; names and uses of old farm machinery; shipping of turnips to Liverpool; free range hens; ‘Thie Veg’ on the river bank at Grenaby bridge; smithy opposite and the Corrin's blacksmith; Eric Corrin working with Frank Oates at Ballabeg smithy; Jimmy Teare at Cross Four Ways smithy; Billy Watson’s Chevrolet; Albert Maddrell’s Bull Nose Morris and how he took his produce once a week to his sister’s shop in Douglas; farmers taking produce to Castletown; decrease in number of local farmers; residents of demolished cottages including Harry Keggin; Ernie Pemberton taking stone from demolition of cottages to build hedges; Preston tholtan (cottage) on footpath from bridge to Ballamodha; site of corn mill, joiner's shop and saw pit; site of flax mill and when demolished the stone being used to build Grenaby Farm barn; Harry Sloane miller from Silverdale and his wife Maude; Harry Sloane working with his mother on Ronaldsway Farm; Willy Preston, cobbler and his brother who was a cobbler in Castletown.

Language: English

Extent: 41 min. 51 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0530

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