Douglas

The Gaiety Theatre on Harris Promenade in Douglas, originally built as the Marine Pavillion for dancing. it was later extended and the interior was completely transformed by Frank Matcham the eminent theatre architect. The opening of the Gaiety Theatre took place in July 1900. Despite the difficulties of the tourist industry, it remains one of the finest Victorian/Edwardian theatres in existence, thanks to a programme of preservation and restoration by the Isle of Man Government and The Friends of the Gaiety.

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Gaiety Theatre © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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‘Simple Shadows’

At the Villa Marina Arcade on Harris Promenade in Douglas.

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Villa Arcade © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I have to admit being old enough to remember watching sticks of rock being hand made in Kelly’s Rock Shop in Castle Street in Douglas!

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Manx Rock © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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These properties were originally laid on the lawns of the Castlemona Hotel.

They are dated circa 1840 and I particularly like the old style architecture on these buildings, namely the arched doorways, the window pediments above the first floor windows and the old cast iron balconies that remain on some of these Victorian properties.

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Clarence Terrace © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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T. E. Brown and the T. E. Brown Stained Glass Window at the Manx Museum

Thomas Edward Brown (1830 – 1897)

T.E. Brown was the national poet of the Isle of Man, he was born in Douglas and brought up in Kirk Braddan Vicarage where he was educated by his father until he was 15, he then attended King Williams College. He then went up to Oxford and gained Firsts in Classics, Law and History.  In 1853 he was elected Fellow of Oriel and in 1856 became Vice-Principal of King Williams College.  In 1864 he was appointed second master at Clifton, Bristol where he remained until he retired in 1892.  He then moved back to the Isle of Man and settled in Ramsey.

While at Clifton Brown wrote many poems, both lyrical and narrative, the latter being richly descriptive of Manx People and strongly dialectal.  These are included in his ‘fo’c’s’le Yarns’ beginning with ‘Betsy Lee’.  He died in 1897 on a return visit to Clifton.

The Manx Museum has a dedicated area to T. E. Brown which includes this bust by Joseph Swynnerton and this stained glass window which was designed by William Hoggett to display Manx Characters created by Brown.

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TE Brown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

TE Brown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Pagan Lady

These two images were taken recently in the Manx Museum Viking Gallery.

Excavations in Peel Castle in 1982/87 revealed an extensive graveyard. The most spectacular finds were the 10th century grave of “The Pagan Lady” which included a fine example of a Viking necklace of which there is 71 differently coloured beads.

The replicate of the original beads can be seen on the Pagan Lady in both of my images.

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Pagan Lady © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Pagan Lady © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Two images of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Hill Street in Douglas.

The first view is from Bucks Rd with it’s junction of Finch Rd.

The second view is a wide angle lens shot taken from within the grounds of this beautiful Church.

This fine building, whose foundation stone was laid in 1857, opened on the 4th August 1859 with great ceremony which caused not a little adverse comment from certain elements in the Methodist community.

Built to the design of Henry Clutton in French Gothic early 13th Century style. Interior decoration includes work by Peter Paul Pugin and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

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St Mary's Church, Hill Street © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

St Mary's Church, Hill Street © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Just a slightly different view of the Continental Market on Loch Promenade in Douglas yesterday.

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Continental Market Isle of Man © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Tranquility amongst the beautiful wild flowers on Douglas Head.

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Douglas Head © Peter killey - www.manxscenes.com

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