Milner: The Man and the Tower – Marking the 150th Anniversary of Milner Tower
For the last 150 years, Milner Tower has stood guard on Bradda Head, looking out over the village of Port Erin and its beautiful horseshoe bay. It was built to honour a man who had come to the Isle of Man and made Port Erin his home – the village’s great benefactor, William Milner.
Milner passed away just a few years after the tower was built, but his legacy lives on. To mark the 150th anniversary of Milner Tower, Rushen Heritage Trust staged a major exhibition in St Catherine’s Church hall, Port Erin – St Catherine’s Church itself having been funded by a bequest from Milner and dedicated to his wife, Jane.
The Trust teamed up with Bush’s Brewery, who produced a special anniversary Milner Tower Ale; held a Memorial Service at St Catherine’s Church; and unveiled a plaque to Milner, which is located on the wall of what was his former home, ‘The Rest’.
This booklet draws from the content and images used in the exhibition to provide a permanent record of William Milner, his legacy, and the tower that bears his name.