Kate's Cottage, Isle of Man

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Kate's Cottage, Isle of Man
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Kate's Cottage near the summit of Slieau Rea viewed on the A18 Sneafell Mountain looking north-west.
Coordinates 54°12′40″N 4°28′38″W / 54.21111°N 4.47722°W / 54.21111; -4.47722Coordinates: 54°12′40″N 4°28′38″W / 54.21111°N 4.47722°W / 54.21111; -4.47722
Built 1870
Kate's Cottage, Isle of Man is located in Isle of Man
Kate's Cottage, Isle of Man
Location of Kate's Cottage, Isle of Man in Isle of Man

Kate's Cottage[1] (The Keppel or Tate's Cottage previously part of the sheep-gates at Keppel Gate)[2] is situated near to the summit of Slieau Ree (316 m) adjacent the 34th Milestone racing road-side milestone marker used for the Snaefell Mountain Course on the primary A18 Mountain Road in the parish of Onchan in the Isle of Man.[3]

As Keppel Gate, the section of A18 Mountain Road including Kate's Cottage and the accompanying Keppel sheep-gates were part of the Highland Course and Four Inch Course used for the Gordon Bennett Trial and Tourist Trophy automobile car races held in the Isle of Man between 1904 and 1922.[4] The corner is part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used since 1911 for the Isle of Man TT and from 1923 for the Manx Grand Prix Races.

The A18 Snaefell Mountain Road was developed in the mid-19th century from a number of pre-existing roads, carting-tracks and bridle paths. This included installation of a number of sheep-gates including the East Mountain Gate, the Beinn-y-Phott sheep-gate and Nobles Gate at Brandywell and Keppel Gate.[5] This section of the A18 Snaefell Mountain Road from the Keppel Gate to Park Mooar/Park Llewellyn (North Barrule) was built on common grazing land that were transferred to the UK Crown following the sale of the Islands feudal rights by the Duke of Atholl after the Disafforesting Commission of 1860.[6]

Contemporary photographs of the Isle of Man TT races in the 1920s and 1930s show sheep-gates at Kate's Cottage and also at Keppel Gate, with the name Keppel Gate referred to at both the locations.[7] The typical nineteenth century Isle of Man small stone-walled cottage including sheep-folds was previously occupied by the mountain shepherd Cecil Rhodes Tate and Gladys Tate[8] It has often been alluded to, that a BBC commentator mistakenly referred to Tate's Cottage as Kate's Cottage. The name may have originated as a printers typesetting error with the mountain cottage at the Keppel mountain accidentally being transposed to Kate's Cottage during the printing process.[9] The property was formerly owned by the Isle of Man Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and was sold at public auction and is now in private ownership.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Isle of Man Examiner page 9 25th May 1950 ".....Visit the TT Races at Creg-ny-Baa. Half-Mile stretch of thrills e from Kate's Cottage to the worlds most famous corner. Grandstands, Coach and Car-Park.
  2. ^ TT Special page 15 Editor G.S.Davison 16th June 1933 "....The view is perfect; not only can we see Kate's Cottage at Keppel Gate, but also the outline of the Snaefell Hotel...."
  3. ^ International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races and Production Machine Races 3 June 5, 7 & 9 1972 – Official Programme and Guide FIM The World Championship Road Races page 72 Auto-Cycle Union (1972) Fleet Studios London – Charles Frost Ltd
  4. ^ TT Pioneers – Early Car Racing in the Isle of Man page 22 Robert Kelly, Mercury Asset Management (1996)(1st Edition) The Manx Experience, The Alden Press ISBN No 1 873120 61 3
  5. ^ Isle of Man Examiner page 5 dated 5th June 1969
  6. ^ Manx Milestones pages 13–17 and pages 57–58 by Stuart Slack (1st Edition)(2003)The Manx Experience ISBN 1-873120-58-3
  7. ^ Motocourse History of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races 1907-1989 by Nick Harris page 24 and page 100 (1990)(1st Edition) Hazelton Publishing ISBN 0-905138-71-6 "....The Gate is kept open at Keppel Gate during the 1921 Senior TT Race. This part of the Course is now called Kate's Cottage.
  8. ^ Isle of Man Examiner page 7 dated 9th February 1951
  9. ^ Isle of Man Examiner page 5 9th April 1937 "OUR LETTER BOX..."I live in the house known as "Kate's Cottage," but it is a printers mistake as it should be "Tate's Cottage." GEOFFREY RHODES TATE.

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