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Cover and pages from 'Peel: past & present
  ďThe Peel Castle Hotel was built in the 1840s after a private house and smaller pub on
the site, the Peel Castle Inn, was demolished. Poisoner William Palmer is supposed to have
murdered a coach driver, Mr Spurrier, there around 1850. ”
Peel; past & present Page 78
 
 
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  Photo of stage on beach with castle behind from Peel; past & present  
 
Peel; past & present
 
  Most of the old photographs and images used in this book are drawn from Ray Stanfieldís extensive collection of postcards. The first picture postcards were published in Britain in 1894 and millions were
sent over the next twenty years.
Local photographers would often produce them in quite short runs to tempt customers to send or collect them as holiday souvenirs.
 
  But post cards were also the text messages of their day. Before everyone had a phone, the only way to contact friends and relatives was
to write to them. Post was delivered several times a day, so it was perfectly possible for a postcard to arrive the same day it was sent Ė within the island at least. Post your card early enough and you could even get a reply the same day as deliveries went on into the evening. And postcards were cheaper to send than letters.
 
  People therefore sent postcards for all sorts of reasons. Their main importance in this book are the images on the front, of course. Even so, as with its sister volume Port Erin: past & present, when we were putting the book together we were often fascinated by the glimpses the messages gave us of the lives of those who had written them so long ago.
 
 
  Peel; past & present
Books offering a peek into what a place looked like a century ago are always popular, particularly if there are also photographs of its appearance today. Peel: past & present offers some startling comparisons.

page 33 from Peel; past & present

Peel is one of the oldest towns on the Isle of Man, its history bound up with the sea. Fishing shaped the town, with almost every inhabitant not only
from the town but also from the surrounding area having some connexion with the industry.
Even today Peel boasts the largest fishing fleet
in the Irish Sea.

But the story doesnít end there. When holidaymakers discovered the Isle of Man, Peelís majestic castle, picturesque winding streets and bustling port drew fascinated visitors. The old photographs in this book are drawn from the postcards such visitors sent home.





page 36 from Peel; past & present

Much has changed, of course, but itís often surprising just how much has remained the same.

Peel: past & present joins its sister publication Port Erin: past & present in offering a fascinating glimpse into the Isle of Manís past.

page 86 from Peel; past & present


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