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Interviews with the Martin Family about farming at Smeale Farm, Andreas

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Date(s): 25 August 1998

Creator(s): Martin, Steve

Scope & Content: Track 1: Tom Martin talks to his son Steve Martin about his time growing up and farming in Andreas and Bride. Tom talks about living at Gat-e-Whing and the move, aged 7, to Smeale Farm, Knock-e-Dhooney; farming with horses and Smeale smithy; Harry Craine, Harry Kneale and Earnie Callister; looking after cattle; watering rights at Gat-e-Whing; ruined buildings; Andreas and Bride schools; silver trowel awarded to Miss Clucas, Ballavale on laying the foundation of Smeale Wesleyan chapel, 1879; field names and crofts; Smeale cottages, Curphey’s road; Tatty Caley and Tommy Lace weaving shed; mud houses; itinerants; original farmhouse on Smeale farm; Dick Tridley; wireless aerial and batteries charged in Andreas village; four brothers Tom, Willy, Stephen and Robert and sister Janey; old keeill at Knock-e-Dhooney and ogham stone; shoemaker; blacksmith; joiner and tailor. He recalls his schooldays; the farm and the Ayres during the Second World War; rifle range; mine field; Home Guard; windmill rebuilt at Port Moar; Bill Quine; Cronk-e-Cray broughs; lime kilns; Mary Gooden’s house; first binder in the parish at Knock-e-Dhooney.

Track 2: Isabel Martin (nee Corlett) talks to her son Steve Martin about her life. She talks about living in Ballacottier House, Andreas and the Cronk; family; mother running the farm with help from Tom Kneale and Arthur Kewley, blacksmith, Billy Howland and George Caley. She recalls the Second World War internees; land girls; father generating electricity and then reverting to paraffin lamps after he died; transport to school; Second World War air force buildings at Andreas; people rehoused in huts after the war; Joe Commaish; schooldays; aunt obtaining degree at Liverpool; father attending Ramsey Grammar School and Glasgow to learn engineering.

She talks about teacher training, Edgehill; family and their occupations; teaching in Liverpool; watching football; North Wales and cycling; hockey; Liverpool rebuilt after the war; travelling to college during the war; teaching at Andreas school; marrying Tom Martin; midwives delivering babies at home; herbal remedies; telephones; sisters with diphtheria and White Hoe Hospital; groceries delivered to farms; provisions supplied by Leece and Corlett and Callows; playing piano and organ at Ballakaneen Chapel; her mother living at Ballacottier house; Sunday School picnics to Glen Wyllin, Silverdale and Douglas; Mrs Tatty Kay; Rheast common land; George Caley, Upper Cronk and McKneale’s field.

Administration / Biographical History: Tom Martin (b.1920). Isabel Martin (b.1927).

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 18 min. 29 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0413

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