Aquarium (Artists Impression)
Artist's Impression
A rather shady venture that originally attracted much support. In 1875 John Robinson (slate & quarry agent from Manchester) proposed erecting an aquarium, baths, hotel and entertainment complex at the junction of the new Victoria Street and Promenade. The design was by Peter Pons of Manchester - the money was obtained by a public company floated in England. The baths were opened by Capt Webb in August 1877 but the company went into liquidation in August 1878 and the building bought by Mr Lightfoot at public auction for £5000 (£8500 including the ground)

In 1906 Douglas Cooperation, with the aid of a grant from the H.B.Noble trust, bought the baths and completely rebuilt them - they were completed in 1908.


J Brown Brown's Directory 1881

Peter Kelly Creating the Gaiety & the Grand Manx Life Nov/Dec 1977 pp21/2

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