Manx Churches and Chapels

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

This church was built in 1835 (the former church dated from the 12th century) The building is of plain cruciform design and is built in brown stone with a large square tower.

There are five Bishops buried in the graveyard, Bishops Wilson, Hildesley, Mason, Crigan and Duesbury.

I actually went into the graveyard to have a look at these graves and I kid you not I was chased out by two sheep, one of which had long horns.

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St Michael's Church in Kirk Michael © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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“We honour and remember their sacrifice”

War Graves at St. Patrick’s Church in Jurby

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Jurby Church War Graves © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely feature to the entrance of this Church is this hand carved Lychgate. The foundation stone (bottom centre right) was laid on Easter Monday in 1907 by the Lieutenant Governor Lord Raglan, and it was formally opened on 16th October. 1907 by the Governors wife Lady Raglan.

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St. Michael's Kirk Michael © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Marown Parish is dedicated to St Runius or Ronan (Ma-Ronan) and is the only landlocked parish on the Island. It is thought that originally Marown and Santan were a single parish but the division had occurred by the 14th Century.

Once this was the Parish church and was situated in about the centre of the Parish. The original building was from approximately 1200 AD and was enlarged in 1754 AD (see below image of slate cross above West doorway and inscribed with 1754) by extending the church westwards by about 5m. The original part of the church can still be seen in the eastern half. The original door was in the south wall (behind the now Altar) although blocked off it can still be traced in the outside stonework.

A new door has much earlier moulded door jamb-stones which, according to records in 1778, were retrieved from St. Trinians. At about the same time the stone steps up to the Western gallery were added to house musicians etc.  The door below the gallery entrance has huge flanking stones from a much earlier site.

When the new church on the Main Douglas to Peel road was built in 1860 the old church of St. Runius was used as a mortuary chapel.

The building was restored by volunteer labour and reopened on August 9th 1959. Services are now held during the summer and for all major festivals.

As can be seen by the images there is no mains electricity and this quaint church relies on candle light.

Three bishops are possibly buried here; Lonnan, Connaghan, and Runius.

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St Runius Church Marown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.comSt Runius Church Marown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com St Runius Church Marown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.comSt Runius Church Marown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.comSt Runius Church Marown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com St Runius Church Marown © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

 

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Standing inside Old Ballaugh Church at the Cronk and looking out towards the famous leaning entrance pillars.

This little Church always intrigues me with its leaning entrance pillars, I have heard so many myths about the reasons why the pillars are leaning that I just don’t really know what to believe now!

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

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The first glimpse of sunshine for about a week on the Isle of Man so went for a walk up to Maughold Church.

The mountain is North Barrule and the ridge top left takes you over to Clagh Ouyr.

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Maughold Church looking towards North Barrule Mountain © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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St Patricks Church was built in 1829 and stands high up on the sandy coastline on Jurby Head.

The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CC.

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St Patricks Church or better known as Jurby Church © Peter Killey

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I couldn’t resist capturing this view of Kirk Christ Church this morning on the way back from Ramsey.

The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Kirk Christ Lezayre - © Peter Killey

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This beautiful Church was built in 1833 and is situated in Station Road in Ballaugh, this Church was built to replace Old Ballaugh Church

Ballaugh was quite severely affected by a snowstorm that hit the Island on Friday 22nd March 2013 as can be seen by the snow sticking to the East facing section of the spire.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 DSLR Camera with a Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens, cropped and resized in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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St Mary's Church - Ballaugh - © Peter Killey

 

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The old Church of Ballaugh occupies an elevated position close to a sheltered creek of the sea, and at the junction of coast and landward tracks-a site which must have been important in prehistoric times. A hundred yards east of the churchyard at one period stood a tumulus at a spot still marked by the swell of the ground, and there are two holy wells not far away.

As in the case of the other Manx parish churches, old St Mary’s contains in its walls materials from previous works, and is probably an epitome in stone of all the sacred buildings and monuments which have occupied the church enclosure since Neolithic man came to the Island.

The church was enlarged by Bishop Wilson and Dr. Walker in 1717, a date commemorated on the weathercock which surmounts the characteristic and attractive bell turret of the period.

Upon a petition from the parishioners a gallery was added in the second half of the 18th century. The approach was by an external double staircase over the main entrance.

After the building of the new church in 1833 old St. Mary’s became ruinous but received a new lease of life in 1849, when the building was shortened and the gallery and stairs removed..

This was during the Rectorate of Thomas Howard, the memory of whose mild and benignant personality still lingers with old people in the parish.

In 1877 the church was once again rescued from decay by Rector Kermode, and has ever since been kept in a good state of repair.

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Ballaugh Old Church - © Peter Killey

Another lovely ancient feature to this beautiful church is the font (and a more modern day lid) which is of unknown antiquity. It is made of red sandstone block built into a window seat. It is decorated with a cross, once painted in blue and red, and a beautiful inscription in Gaelic Manx reads:

“Ta un Chiarn, un Credjue, un Vashtey, Un Jee as Ayr jeh ooilley”

Which simply translates in Gaelic Manx to:

“There is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, One God and Father of all.”

The Ancient Font in Ballaugh old Church - © Peter Killey

The Ancient Font in Ballaugh old Church - © Peter Killey

As previously stated the church was enlarged by Bishop Wilson and Dr. Walker in 1717, a date commemorated on the weathercock which surmounts the characteristic and attractive bell turret of the period (below image).

Old Ballaugh Church Extended in 1717 - © Peter Killey

Below is a hand drawn image of Ballaugh Old Church which is displayed to the rear of the the Church, the author of the image is unknown!

Hand Drawn Picture of Ballaugh Old Church (author unknown) - © Peter Killey

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