5, the Old Bakery Café. The building dates from
1714 and has a fine porch composed of three very large slabs of granite.
Note the plaque above the door.
Continue along Malew Street and through the principal shopping
area of the town. Note many more fine shopfronts, notably number
17 (opposite the entrance to Bank Street) which was for many years
a barber's shop and beyond it the Victorian brickwork of H &
E Cubbon's fish shop.
is the Market Square. On your left you will see Barclays Bank
which was built as assembly rooms for the town, with a cool butter
market underneath; the arches were originally open.
The wide stone slabs here are called the fish slabs as this was
where the fish market took place. Note the war memorial and the
early sundial which can tell the time in various different parts
of the world. It is of a pattern more common in Scotland than in
grassy bank outside the Castle is the glacis. It was introduced
as an outer defence against cannon; very few have survived elsewhere.
Now go through the iron gates to:
6, which is the Speaker's Garden, an attractive oasis
in the heart of the town.
(If the Speaker's Garden is closed, retrace your steps along Malew
Street and take the first turning on the right, Bank Street. At
the end turn right along the Castle Quay.)
From the Speaker's Garden follow the path anticlockwise around
the Round Tower (originally part of the outer defences of the castle)
onto the Castle Quay at:
To your left, opposite the Chablis Cellar Restaurant, is
St Mary's on the
Harbour, built in 1838 as the National School and later
used as the Church Rooms; after the old St Mary's Church on the
Parade was condemned as unsafe, it was converted for worship.
On the other side of the harbour, behind the Irish Quay, note the
two new houses recently built of local limestone, encouraging examples
of new buildings in sympathy with their setting.
Behind them, in the trees, is Lorne House, first built in
1727 but much altered since. Between 1834 and 1860 it was the residence
of the Island's Lieutenant Governor. It is now offices and flats.
your right is the Castle Arms Hotel, always known as the
Glue Pot, one of the oldest public houses on the island.
Cross the road and walk between the harbour and the Glue Pot. The
wall on your right was originally part of the outer defences of
The large slate-hung house across the harbour is Bridge House,
for many years the residence of the Quayle family who held the post
of Clerk of the Rolls (one of the judges of the Manx Courts) continuously
from 1736 to 1879.
story is told that later members of the family declined on principle
to be connected to the town's sewerage system, something which became
only too apparent when a large number of troops were billeted in
the house during the last war.
Bridge House itself is now an office but some of its outbuildings
have been converted to house the Nautical
Museum which is well worth a visit.