Douglas

Opened in 1899, this Victorian market building still operates as a market to this day.

The building is situated on the junction of Market Hill and North Quay in downtown “Old Douglas” and is owned by Douglas Borough Council (Ratepayers of Douglas).

The below image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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The Victorian Market Hall, Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This former but original Jane Crookall Maternity Home became fully functional as a dedicated Maternity Home in 1938 and closed in 1992, this building, where I was born is now administration offices for the Department of Social Care.

The property which had been bought and modified for the purpose by the then Mayor of Douglas, Alderman A B Crookall for a lasting memorial for his wife Jane.

The building is situated on Demesne Road in Douglas is now called Crookall House and if my memory serves me right there used to be a figure of a stalk situated on the roof above the front doors!

There have been some very famous people born in this building (apart from me!!) i.e. Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb from the Beegees 🙂 there are plenty more I am sure!

Also if my memory serves me right the rooms to the right of the front door were the delivery rooms!

The below image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Jane Crookall Maternity Home (former) - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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The relatively newly refurbished Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade on Harris Promenade in Douglas, click here to see an image of the Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade that I captured early one morning back in May 2003 prior to the refurbishment.

The below image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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I have always admired the architecture on these houses in Hildesley Road in Douglas and whilst out and about today I captured this shot of them whilst the sun was shining 🙂

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera resized and very tightly cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Architecture - Hildesley Road in Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This quaint little lodge is situated on one of the busiest main roads on the Island, “Thornton Lodge” is sited in the grounds of the Former “Thornton” which was a mansion house accessed along Peel Road in Douglas (opposite Hills Meadow) and is now the HQ for the Department of Education and Children in the relatively newly constructed “Hamilton House”.

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Thornton Lodge - Peel Road, Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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I captured Duty Pump Foxtrot 1:1 today whilst the sun was shining and whilst this handsome appliance was sat awaiting the next shout at Douglas Fire Station 🙂

The appliance is a 6 personnel 1800 Litre Water Tender Ladder Appliance which was body built by UK company Emergency One.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Duty Pump Foxtrot 1:1 -  © Peter Killey

 

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This building at the northern end of Douglas Promenade houses Douglas Borough Council’s historic Horse Trams and the offices above have been converted into a conference facility and called “The Strathallan Suite”

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Strathallen Terrace - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This beautiful Victorian Jail was built in 1831 to house 30 Prisoners that were all transferred from the existing Prison in Castle Rushen in Castletown, the building was designed by Manx architect James Cowle.

The Prison has been extended on a number of occasions to include further accommodation wings however In August 2008 this beautifully designed Victorian building was vacated and the staff and inmates were all transferred to the new Isle of Man Prison in Jurby which is now fully operational.

This type of architecture will probably never be seen again on the Isle of Man and is a genuine reason for it’s retention.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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The Former Victoria Road Prison - © Peter Killey

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Whilst out on a shout tonight and on my way home I stopped to grab an image of St George’s Church in Douglas whilst this beautiful building was lit up with sodium lights.

St George’s Church was completed in 1781 and is the oldest standing church in Douglas.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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St George's Church Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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It is very rare to see this school without one car parked in front of it, so I grabbed the opportunity today whilst the school is still closed for the Christmas/New Year period.

I am sure this image will bring back loads of good and bad memories to those pupils that attended it, it certainly does for me!

It is worth noting that this school that was completed in 1939 initially served as classrooms for young boys mostly aged 16 who had signed up with the Royal Navy for 12 years and they were a familiar site during this war period marching from their ship (H.M.S St George) to Ballakermeen School to learn the basic knowledge of signalling and telegraphy.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Ballakermeen High School - © Peter Killey

 

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Whilst out for a walk yesterday (28th Dec 2011) I could not help to capture this image of the church whilst the sun was out.

The church was constructed as a result of a bequest in the will of Henry Bloom Noble, his trustees provided land, at the junction of St Ninian’s Road and Ballaquayle Road, and money for the construction of this beautiful church which was completd in 1913 and consecrated as a parish church the following year.

The architect was W.D. Caroe and the church is constructed of local slate and its tower dominates the landscape and indeed the skyline of Douglas.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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St Ninian's Church - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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The custom of ‘hunting the wren’ has long been an Isle of Man tradition, and is still kept alive each St Stephen’s Day.

It is thought that it is descended from Celtic mythology and the tradition may also have been influenced by Scandinavian settlers during the Viking invasions of the 8th and 10th centuries.

Historically, groups of young men known as ‘wren boys’ would hunt a wren and then tie the sacred bird to the top of a pole, decorated with holly sprigs and ribbons. With blackened faces, the group would sing at houses and receive for money, presents or food for their efforts. Those that gave money to the boys would receive a feather from the wren as thanks. The collected money was then used to host a village dance.

Superstitious Manx fishermen were known not to venture out to sea without having first secured a feather to ensure their safe return. Wrens’ feathers were also considered a general preservative against witchcraft.

The images were captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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