Manx Churches and Chapels

Join me on my journey to picture every Church and Chapel on the Isle of Man.

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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Glen Auldyn Church, now known as St Fingan’s is about 180 years old.

This tiny church was originally a Methodist Chapel but changed to a C of E in 1968 after being sold to a Mr Yates of Milntown for £100. He died just after and his wife renovated the small Church at a cost of £3000.

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Glen Audlyn Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A moody sky over Jurby Church this morning.

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Moody Sky at Jurby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A view of St. Judes Church and beyond through to Snaefell Mountain.

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St Judes Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Sulby Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Sulby Cross Roads.

Built between 1912-1914 at a cost of £2,120, at one time known locally as The Theologians’ chapel, as so many men became preachers, especially just before 1914 war.

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St Stephen's Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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In Maughold Parish churchyard lie the remains of three earlier buildings (keeils) which indicate that there was an important centre of Christianity here which was founded before the end of the 7th Century.

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Maughold Keeil © Peter Killey - www.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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St. Michael’s Church in Kirk Michael looking rather nice in the sun.

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Kirk Michael Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The most isolated of all Manx keeills which stands on a small platform on the steep western sloapes near to the foot of Cronk Ny Arrey Laa.

The original boundaries of the burial ground are almost perfect and just outside the foundation of the priest’s cell.

Several cross slabs and many lintel graves have also been discovered here.

The name Lag Ny Keeilley means “The hollow of the chapel”

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Lag Ny Keeilley © Peter Killey  - www.manxscenes.com

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I have just read a lovely old Manx book called Legends of a Lifetime by the late George E. Quayle and he makes mention that in 1890 the family of a nearby resident of the Church (Mr Hicks) installed 8 Tubular Bells in the tower of this fine old church in his memory.

George E. Quayle mentions that his parents were married in the church at a similar date and the peal of tubular bells played ‘Abide With Me’ on their wedding day, apparently since then the bells have never played a tune since, apart from the odd jingle on a Sunday and the solemn minute bell for funerals.

I personally did not realise that ‘Abide With Me’ was a wedding hymn but I did think that this is a lovely story worth sharing.

Sadly today this fine old church is now on the open market for sale, a sign of the times indeed.

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Lezayre Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk.

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Ballaugh Old Church in B&W © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A glorious but cold day at Ballaugh old Church at the Cronk.

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Old Ballaugh Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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