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Prior to 1832 The St Mary's Rock was the property of the Quane family until John Quane Attorney General of the Isle of Man, presented the rock to Sir William Hillary, in his capacity as President of the Isle Man District of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to build the Tower of Refuge. Since then the custody of St Mary’s Isle has been by each president of the local lifeboat association.
Harris Promenade was built in 1868 through the efforts of High Bailiff of Douglas Mr Harris – the first Chairman of the Town Board.
One of the earliest photographs of Douglas Bay you’ll see there is no promenade. Before Loch Prom was built in 1876 the house on Sand Street backed onto the beach often flooded.