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    Arrow Port Soderick - Isle of Man - February 2011 (pic heavy!)


    Port Soderick is a small hamlet and day tripper resort to the south of Douglas, once famed for its pleasure grounds and beach developed by the Forrester family in late Victorian times. Port Soderick is linked to Douglas by the Isle of Man railway but prior to World War II a funicular railway connected the resort to the Marine Drive electric tramway which provided an alternative transport link to Douglas.
    With the decline of the Manx Tourist industry the resort has fallen on hard times, all except the state owned Glen is now abandoned. During the summer season the pleasure steamer KARINA operated by the Laxey Towing Company out of Douglas still calls occasionally – just to keep the landing rights on the jetty.
    The Hotel, which, traded as the anchor until the early 2000’s, under the proprietor ship of a ‘celebrity chef’, lies abandoned.
    Traces of the north and south coastal walkways can be seen, as well as the former oyster beads, amusement arcade / dance hall, paddling pool etc.
    Much of the former resort’s present appearance dates back to the 1950s when the site was acquired by Douglas Corporation
    Here are a selection of views taken on February 14, 2011. The full collection can be found on my SmugMug page accessed via www.jhluxton.co.uk
    The Anchor Hotel






    The Promenade At Port Soderick

    Foundation stone laid by the Forrester family on the promenade

    Ornamental Archway leading to the Northern Coastal Walkway

    Northern Coastal Walkway

    The former dance hall / amusement arcade

    View north across the beach. The dog which can be seen stands on the edge of the paddling pool.

    Remains of the southern coastal walkway


    An ornamental palm tree clings to life – a reminder of when this was a thriving holiday resort.


    Waders Gift Shop


    End of the Road? – The freshly painted markings at the end of the main road contrast markedly to the general feeling of dereliction and abandonment.



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    Very sad to see it like this. Is the coast road/path to it still usable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Very sad to see it like this. Is the coast road/path to it still usable?
    Road access is still possible though one can't drive the full length of the original Marine Drive from Douglas. Access by vehicle is via B23 Old Castletown Road from Port Soderick village or Keristal.

    John

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    great report, another piece of history going to waste!
    some interior shots would be intresting

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhluxton View Post
    Road access is still possible though one can't drive the full length of the original Marine Drive from Douglas. Access by vehicle is via B23 Old Castletown Road from Port Soderick village or Keristal.

    John
    Hi, Thanks for the info - long time no go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuboard View Post
    great report, another piece of history going to waste!
    some interior shots would be intresting
    A few years ago one of the doors to the amusement arcade / dance hall were open and I ventured inside - it was bare except for the upturned remains of one of those motorised tri-cycle things you see on documentaries on India.

    John
    Last edited by krela; 28th Feb 11 at 20:10. Reason: Don't talk about access...

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    Its such a shame to see places like this going to waste. :(

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    I love the feeling of total abandonment here...almost like the edge of the world. Those derelict coastal walkways are great. Really nice find, John. :)
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    I can remember going their with my parents as a child before it was left to run to ruin!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeJF View Post
    I can remember going their with my parents as a child before it was left to run to ruin!!!
    Shame about the Isle of Man. The place lost a major attraction when they let the steam railway go, ok they still have the trams but the place needs more. Another problem of course is the cost of getting the few miles across the water from the main land. Better shut uo going off topic!

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