on until you reach a long low white-painted house on the right,
2 Bagnio House. Originally dating from 1511 when it was
the bath house and pleasure garden belonging to the Lord of Mann,
the present building was converted by the Lord into a residence
Opposite Bagnio House is the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (since
1972 the only Methodist chapel in the town). The hall on the left
was the original chapel, the present edifice having been built in
1833. John Wesley preached twice in Castletown, in 1777 and 1781.
Adjacent to the chapel you will see 31 Arbory Street with
a façade of Ruabon brick brought back from Wales in the late
19th century as ballast in ships which had exported Manx lime; note
especially the finial to the dormer window.
Bagnio House marked the end of the old town of Castletown. The
original town had been clustered between the castle and the sea,
but in the 16th century Arbory Street and Malew Street developed
as suburbs. From about 1830 onwards, further land, beyond Bagnio
House, began to be developed.
The large building on the right with the portico (unfortunately
now lacking its pediment) is today the Castletown Youth Centre but
was originally the Town Hall. The Manx poet T E Brown made his last
public appearance there in 1897.
Carry on along Arbory Street and then take the first turn
right. This road is the Crofts, now one of the smartest addresses
in the town. It was laid out in the 1830's and many of the buildings
were designed by Thomas Brine. Originally almost all were rendered,
and it is only in recent years that the stucco has been removed
to expose the limestone, to mixed reactions. Note especially the
three large houses on the right, Elderbank (a very distinctive design
just visible behind a wall and black gate); Westwood and Crofton:
the last of these was the residence of Dr
John Clague, the town's doctor at the turn of the century who
wrote fascinating reminiscences.
3, half way along the Crofts, turn right into the bowling green,
with Cookies Kitchen Café inside on the left.
Then go past the tennis courts and down to:
4 on Malew Street, (if the bowling green is closed, carry on
to the end of the Crofts and turn right into Malew Street to pass
the entrance to the tennis courts on your right).
Facing you is the very fine cream and green Georgian facade of 48
Malew Street. The area to your left used to be one of the poorer
areas of the town. In the 19th century many of the householders
kept cows in their back yards. They would lead them out every morning
through their houses and take them to graze in meadows beyond the
town boundary before bringing them back again each evening.
Turn right along Malew Street, passing on your left the former
Primitive Methodist Chapel now converted into offices. It has a
very different appearance from the Wesleyan Chapel in Arbory Street
built at ground level. The Primitive Chapel like most of its kind,
was designed with a hall at ground level and steps leading to the