Archibald Knox Cottage – 2nd December 2014
Braddan Commissioners have throughout 2014 taken the opportunity to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Archibald Knox, arguably one of the most famous Braddan residents.
They started the year with a rebranding exercise using the Knox style in their logo, then sending out a Knox stamp issue to its residents and ending in October with opening up the cottage in Cronkbourne Village where he was born.
The cottage was opened for just two Fridays in October which coincided with Manx National Heritages Open Days, and the Commissioners were encouraged by the number of people that took the opportunity to visit.
The staff were astonished to be regaled by stories from past residents about living in the Village but even more so by stories from those who had family members who actually knew or were taught by Knox, and at least one person whose family member still had a school art book personalised by him.
As the anniversary years comes to an end, and given that the cottage was only open during the mid week, the Commissioners have decided to open up the cottage for viewing for one more day.
Colin Whiteway the Clerk stated that his greatest disappointment was that they had missed the opportunity to capture many of the conversations with the public especially about Knox. He looks forward to new visitors to the cottage and if any one has any personal items, stories or memories relating to Knox would they bring them along so that we can find some way to record them for posterity.
When visiting the cottage people will be able to gain the essence of living in a former industrial village, and the property itself contains information boards regarding Knox, kindly provided by Manx National Heritage, as well as general information about the village.
The cottage will be open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 13th December and all are welcome.
J C Whiteway MBA