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Interview with Mrs Megan Creer about her memories owning and running the boarding house Ash House, Demesne Road, Douglas, 1954-1972

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Mrs Megan Creer talks to John Beckerson about owning and running the boarding house Ash House.

Track 1: She talks about the decision to buy a boarding house and the work needed to get it ready for guests, including putting washbasins into the bedrooms; her first visitors coming for the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races in 1954; advertising the boarding house; working as a tailoress; cost of full board; house improvements; reason to stop running the boarding house after 18 years; sale of house; guest and where they came from; Boarding House Keeper’s Association; sons sleeping in the cellar to make room for guests; paperwork and bills; cooking and cleaning; daily routine; making mattress covers and pillows to save money.

Track 2: Megan talks about keeping costs down; heating and water in the house; baths; 1967 guest book; types of guests; mortgage arrangement; welcoming guests at whatever time they arrived; rooms and layout of the house; meals for guests; changes to boarding house fire regulations; boarding houses closing; son owning Avondale Hotel for ten years; tableware and table settings and how proud she was of them.

Administration / Biographical History: Mrs Megan Creer was born in Laxey in March 1914. John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: eng

Extent: 59 min. 47 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/34

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.

Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHTT, #UOSHHolidays

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