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Douglas Head

Description: Douglas Head overlooks the main port town of Douglas on the east coast of the Isle of Man (NGR 23900 47475). Brown's Guide to the Isle of Man of 1900 says, "The summit of the headland is 320 feet above the sea and the views from it on all sides are wide and diversified...Upon its highest point is a picturesque group of buildings forming the Douglas Head Hotel; the central portion of which is an old tower, one of a series of land marks placed on prominent points of the coast, as guides to vessels out at sea. Upon the open space surrounding the Hotel, there are numerous popular forms of amusement, mostly of an "out of doors" character - negro minstrels,mandolinists, vocalists, photographer, itinerant lecturers upon phrenology, palmistry, electricity and many other ways of passing an idle hour pleasantly. These heterogeneous amusements are all under the supervision of the Douglas Town Council; and an inspector under the Council is always on the spot to preserve order and good conduct. But probably the greatest attractions of Douglas Head are its beautiful outlook and its clear crisp air - attractions which neither time nor frequency of enjoyment can lessen or make stale." (p.119)


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