GL Trustrum took over and enlarged the Falcon’s Nest to it’s present size apart from the conservatory overlooking bay. Work was carried out by Castletown builder, James Costain.
Mr. Costain was identified with the growth of Port Erin as a holiday resort being involved in the building of the Belle Vue in 1885 and the altered Eagle Hotel.
George Trustrum had a number of enterprises. The following is an example of a business venture with his friend Mr Watterson, a Baker, and Thomas Clague, Butcher and Hotel owner;
Mr G. L. Trustrum joined with Mr Watterson and Mr Thos. Clague in acquiring the Calf of Man, and opened it up as a visitors’ resort. “It did not prove a lucrative undertaking.”
George Trustrum bought ‘The Hut’, a thatched property on Bradda Head with grounds including ‘Castle Mona’ and cottages. He converted these into a café and entertainment, but ran into a series of difficulties. He sold them to the Collinson’s who later developed them into Collinson’s Holiday Camp.
George was also known as a keen sportsman. In 1897 he has one of the leading scores at Port Erin Golf Links and in 1905 was recorded as the clubs captain. Today, the Falcon’s Nest Hotel Sports Bar is named after him, which is quite fitting.
He played a big part in village life, recorded as being Chairman of the Sanitary Authority, Chairman of the Commissioners and Secretary of Port Erin Water company.
“MR. George Lucas Trustrum, though not a Port Erin man by birth, is perhaps the most patriotic member of the Port Erin community. For many years he carried on business extensively in the pretty South-western holiday resort, and now that he has retired he resides there, and his interest in the welfare of the place has in nowise abated.”
- before 1902 – Fire recorded at the hotel, possibly related to renovations.
- 1903 – New railway station building
- 1910- Choir stalls were installed in St Catherine’s Church, gift of G.L Trustrum in memory of his parents and little girl
James Costain, Manx Quarterly #18, Manx Notebook
Calf of Man Visitor Resort, Watterson Strand Bakery, Waymarking.com
Port Erin Golf Club, Bradda Head, Isle of Man. (1895 – 1950), Golf Missing Links