Boots "Souvenir of Manxland"

An undated and unnumbered 16 page softcover booklet - most pages containing a single large, well printed, photograph. The photos would appear to date to around 1900 - the cover states 5th edition, the Manx Museum holds a copy of what would appear to be the first edition which also is undated but provisionally dated to 1899 by the Musem.

Cover of first edition

however they have no copy of any intermediate editions. Possibly the 5th refers to the 5th year of publication - most of the photos were shared between this 1st and my 5th edition but there are a few differences outlined further down the page.

General View of Douglas


This view was taken from Douglas Head, and gives a fine bird's-eye picture of the Harbour, Landing Pier and Bay, with the background of hills. The beautiful crescent-shaped bay presents a magnificent panorama, hardly equalled in any other watering-place in the British Isles.

Loch Promenade Douglas


Named after a former Governor of the Island, Loch Promenade is one of the finest marine parades in the kingdom. During the season it is the fashionable rendezvous, and the fine block of buildings skirting the road are entirely devoted to providing accommodation and entertainment for visitors, and making their stay in town pleasant and agreeable.

Lighthouse Douglas Head


The most popular walk in Douglas is to the Head, including a visit to the Lighthouse.
The attractions there are manifold-niggers for the children, dancing for the frivolous, magnificent sea and land views for admirers of the beautiful, walks and climbing amongst rugged rocks for the athletic, secluded ncoks for sweethearts, and plenty of comfortable seats for those who love ease.

Typical Manx Cottage


Visitors to the interior of the Island see many cottages as the one depicted above, which is situated at Onchan.
The lashing of the thatch roof by ropes is peculiar to the Island.

Monks Bridge


This picturesque old bridge is situated in Rushen Abbey grounds. It is a structure of great strength, and a valuable relic of the days when the monks ruled at Rushen.

Braddan Church


Few visitors to Douglas leave without paying a visit to Kirk Braddon[sic Braddan]. The out-door Sunday morning services are an established feature of the Douglas season, and are associated with pleasant memories to many.

View of Ramsey


Ramsey is the second largest town in Manxland. It is a convenient centre for the North of the Island; whilst boating, yachting and bathing can be indulged in under the most favourable auspices.

FPC: The photo shows the then new Mooragh park + boating lake to the North of Ramsey - the boat on the island is the old lifeboat - in the background is the newly developed North Ramsey

Sulby Glen


The district of Sulby Glen has been called the Manx Switzerland. The first view will give some idea of the wild, open mountain scenery, unrivalled in the Island,

Sulby Glen

whilst the other photograph shows a favourite view in the romantic Sulby Glen

It is in this neighbourhood that Hall Caine laid many of the scenes in his novel, "The Manxman."

Laxey Valley


In the centre of the mountain district, Laxey has special charms of its own. It is surrounded hy lovely glens, charming country walks, and rugged mountain scenery; whilst the beautiful bay provides plenty of amusement for lovers of the sea.

Laxey electric railway station


One of the great features of Manxland is the Electric Railway which runs from Douglas to Ramsey, and this journey should not be omitted from any visitor's programme. A week could easily be spent in visiting the various picturesque spots through which it passes. At Laxey Station the tourist is in the midst of interest. He is near the great water-wheel and at the foot of Manxland's highest mountain, Snaefell the summit of which is reached by electric car. Laxey Gardens and Glen are well worth a visit.


In an Island of beautiful glens and delightful ravines, Glen Dhoon ranks amongst the best. The above photograph shows part of the principal waterfall-the largest in the Island.



This structure is of 200 horse-power, and was erected in 1854 to clear the lead mines of water. It is 72 feet in diameter and the rim 6 feet wide. Its enormous size makes it an object of interest to visitors.

Glen Helen


The glens of the Island are many and picturesque. None are lovelier or more romantic than the beautiful Glen Helen. A winding path leads through the pine woods to Rhenass Falls, at which point the visitor should cross the river for the return journey. Glen Helen may be reached by driving [by horse cab] from Douglas or by railway (St. John's Station).


A ride on the electric tram and a walk through Garwick Glen to the sea shore provides a very pleasant afternoon's amusement. The caves are of interest, and the cliffs are amongst the best rock scenery on the Island.


Easily reached by the electric tram, Groudle Glen is yearly visited by thousands.

The first photograph shows a general view of the Glen, with the Tram Station

the other view is a favourite spot in Glen Cohn, which is passed on the way to visit the rocks and sea lions.

Port Soderick


This delightful bay is situated about 2 miles from Douglas, It is easily reached hy the Isle of Man Railway or by Electric Car from Douglas Head. The latter route being cut on the edge of the precipitous rocks which form the coast line, magnificent views are obtained an at some points the journey is quite exciting. The cliff railway or " lift " at Port Soderick makes the descent to or ascent from the shore easy and pleasant.

Peel Castle


Peel Castle is the most interesting and romantic ruin in Manxland. It is situated on St. Patrick's Isle-a rocky islet about five acres in extent. The principal buildings are the relics of St. German Cathedral-shown in the right-hand view. These venerable ruins are associated with many historical events of great interest, and no visitor should leave the Island without making a journey to Peel.


Peel from Peel Hill

The other photograph is a general view of the town, as viewed from Peel Hill. Peel has for some time past been steadily growing in favour as a health resort, and a watering place of the quieter sort than Douglas.

FPC: the large warehouse, now demolished, was possibly the Salt Warehouse proposed by the 1792 commission to prevent smuggling of salt (at this period taxed by the Westminster Goverment) - to the left is the entrance to Crown street and to the right the quayside entrance to the old courthouse which housed the 'black hole' gaol until the later Police station in Crown street was built

Castle Rushen


The ancient stronghold of the Kings of Man is situated at Castletown, the old capital of the Island, and is in a good state of preservation. The Castle was erected in the early part of the 14th century, upon the site of an earlier Norman stronghold. It was used as a State prison until recent years, but is now converted into a Museum of Antiquities open to the inspection of visitors.

The following photos appear in the 1st edition

Ancient Stones at Braddon

The large stone is a Scandinavian momumental slab dating from the 12th century : the two smaller are called "Wedding Stones". It was the old Manx Custom for the Bride and Bridegroom to clasp hands through the holes in the stone during the wedding ceremony.

Fairy Bridge near Douglas

This photo has no associated comment as it appears surrounded by an advertisement for Boots, but its appearance in a guide is interesting. The bridge is situated on an old packhorse track which has largely disappeared thus the bridge appears to have no function.

Port Erin

Interior of old Cathedral

This photo was replaced by that of Peel shown above.


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