Braddan

High up in the hills above East Baldwin lies this derelict round stone tower which was once a regular visiting place for nearby eccentric farmer Joe Lewin, Joe built this tower on his highest land and it gave him a grand view from East Baldwin through to Douglas, legend has it that Mr Lewin used to regularly climb to the top of the tower to be closer to God!

** Source – Baldwin My Valley by Thomas M Cowell

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Lewins Folly © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Hop tu Naa – At Cooil Road in Douglas.

Do you know the difference between Halloween and Hop Tu Naa? As the rest of the British Isles prepare to celebrate Halloween on 31 October, many Isle of Man residents will instead celebrate Hop tu Naa. Historically Hop tu Naa has been considered to be the Celtic New Year, marking the end of the summer and the beginning of winter.

Hop tu Naa is celebrated with the carving of turnips for lanterns as opposed to the pumpkins that are commonly used for Halloween. Children will then go singing around the houses for hop tu Naa treats, this was once apples, bonnag and herring but as the years have gone by it’s now sweets and pennies.

Children visit the houses in fancy dress costumes and with their spooky turnip lantern. A favourite song of choice and one you still regularly hear amongst the children is the famous ‘Ginnie the Witch’ which is a traditional Manx Gaelic song.

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Hop tu Naa © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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One of several sites where sittings of Tynwald (the Manx Parliament) have taken place. The date on the plaque gives the date as 1428. The site was chosen because it approximates the geographic centre of the Isle of Man and is known as Killabane.

This site is just above St Luke’s Church in West Baldwin and you can just make out that quaint church.

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Tynwald Site, Baldwin © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

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This quaint church was formerly attached to the parish church of Kirk Braddan but now Marown, the church was built in 1836 on the site of a Celtic church called “Keeill Abban”, an ancient Celtic cross has also been built into the west gable section of the building which was also used as a school up to 1871.

Behind this chapel and up the hill is the ancient site of Tynwald which was held there as far back as 1429 and is now marked by a circle of stones.

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St Lukes Church in Baldwin © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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An old TT ‘quick filler’ outside the Creg Ny Baa Hotel.

Not sure of the relevance of it at the Creg Ny Baa!?

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Shell TT Quick Filler © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The 33rd on the Mountain and only 72 days to TT 2015.

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33rd Milestone TT Course © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Above Injebreck House on Injerbreck Hill in West Baldwin.

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Injebreck Hill in West Baldwin © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Happy New Year

Kates Cottage on the world famous TT Course and only 149 days to go to TT 2015 🙂

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Kates Cottage © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This very famous Manx Grave in the New Kirk Braddan Cemetery is that of Manx Illustrator and designer Archibald Knox (1864 to 1933).

Archibald Knox was born in nearby Cronkbourne Village and he grew up being inspired by intricately carved patterns in Celtic Stones of Mann.

The beautiful wording on his gravestone reads “A humble servant of God in the ministry of the beautiful”

His work still lives on to this day in the form of the world famous Archibald Knox Jewellery.

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Knox Grave in Braddan Cemetery © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I went up to Braddan new Cemetery today to listen to local historian Mr Peter Kelly chat to a group of us about the Archibald Knox designed gravestones, and on the way up I couldn’t help capturing this image of the Chapel.

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Braddan New Cemetery © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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