Manx Churches and Chapels

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

St. Andrew’s Church in Andreas.

During the 1939 – 1945 war the original tower was reduced in height by about half because of the R.A.F airfield nearby (Click Here to see an old image of the Church with its taller tower).

The war memorial has recently been renovated and it is now a terracotta colour.

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St Andrew's Church in Andreas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This is one of my favourite churches on the Island.

This quaint little church is dedicated to St. Adamnan and is one of the oldest churches on the Island with the walls dating back to the 12th century.

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Old Kirk Lonan © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

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The parish of Bride is the most northerly of the 17 parishes on the Isle of Man and its church was reputedly founded by St Bridget in the sixth century.

The foundation stone of the present church was laid on July 29, 1869, by the wife of the then Lieutenant Governor, Mrs Loch.

Ewan Christian designed the church based on the simple basilica plan, with a semi-circle apse and high lombardic tower. The edifice comprised a nave and chancel. The windows are all stained glass, all given by benefactors. It can accommodate a congregation of 150.

Dedicated to St Bridget, the church was consecrated on September 8, 1876, by Bishop Selwyn, first bishop of New Zealand, later bishop of Lichfield.

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St Bridget Bride © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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We had a walk around this lovely Church and the Graveyard the other day.

The image of the Porch shows ‘The Orouboros’ or the snake swallowing its tail inscribed into the upper right sandstone block which is built into this porch, snakes have many symbolic meanings, good and bad, but this one is universal, it represents the concept of infinity – and of the end being also the beginning, we can only guess how this stone came to Maughold Church!

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** Source An introduction into Architecture of the Isle of Man by Patricia Tutt **

Maughold Church Porch © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Maughold Church Porch © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Set in a beautiful wooded valley by the River Dhoo. The churchyard is full of Georgian headstones and is a wonderful place for photographers and anyone with an interest in Manx history and architecture to visit.

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Old Kirk Braddan Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A touch of framing of the beautiful Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk.

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Ballaugh Church at the Cronk © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I went into the graveyard have a look at the old grave of Bishop Wilson and got a bit carried away with my camera (as you do).

This time I somehow managed to avoid the four sheep and one ram in the graveyard 🙂

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

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This quaint Wesleyan Chapel which is on the TT Course prior to Kirk Michael was first established in 1880.

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Barregarrow Wesleyan Chapel © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This old Cathedral formed part of the complex of buildings on St. Patrick’s Isle or better known today as Peel Castle.

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St. German's Cathedral - Peel Castle © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Built on the site of an ancient keeill, the chapel of St John was first referred to in 1557, but was likely to have been built before this date. In 1847 the chapel was demolished and in 1849 this beautiful building was constructed from local granite and marble.

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Royal Chapel St Johns © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I just love this stained glass window above the Altar at Santon Parish Church which depicts The Last Supper.

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Santon Church - the Last Supper © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Located between Port Erin on the east and Port St Mary in the west, the present church was extended in 1775 and is on the site of an even more ancient building, the church is built in a Manx style and has a whitewashed exterior.

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Rushen Parish Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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