Onchan

High up in the hills above East Baldwin lies this derelict round stone tower which was once a regular visiting place for nearby eccentric farmer Joe Lewin, Joe built this tower on his highest land and it gave him a grand view from East Baldwin through to Douglas, legend has it that Mr Lewin used to regularly climb to the top of the tower to be closer to God!

** Source – Baldwin My Valley by Thomas M Cowell

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Lewins Folly © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This is the original church where St Peter’s Church in Onchan now stands.

In fact this little church was better known as Kirk Conchan and the origins of the old church which stood some 50 yards to the north of the present St. Peter’s church date back to the 12th Century.

This picture is depicted in a stained glass window in the present St. Peter’s Church in Onchan.

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Kirk Conchan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This stained glass window inside St. Peter’s Church in Onchan depicts Maughold Parish Church and the “Maughold Parish Cross” which is a 14th century St. Bees sandstone carving and is one of the earliest representations of the 3 Legs of Mann (apart from the 3 Legs inscribed on the Pommel of the 12th Century Manx Sword of State) it is also interesting to note which direction the 3 Legs are pointing!

I have taken a number of images of the stained glass windows in St. Peter’s and I will add them to Manxscenes.com over the coming months.

The image was captured on my Nikon S8200 Camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Maughold Church with the famous Maughold Cross in the foreground - © Peter Killey

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This lovely colourful stained glass window in St. Peter’s Church in Onchan depicts Ballaugh Old Church with it’s famous leaning entrance pillars.

I have taken a number of images of the stained glass windows in St. Peter’s and I will add them to Manxscenes.com over the coming months.

The image was captured on my Nikon S8200 Camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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A Stained Glass Window in St. Peter's Church in Onchan - © Peter Killey

 

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This beautiful Church in Onchan was built in 1833 and is dedicated to St. Peter

A little bit of trivia;  The rain drip stones (I am sure that terminology is wrong) above the louvered openings in the Bell Tower are constructed with headstones and if you look up at them you can see names and inscriptions on them!

The image was captured on my Nikon S8200 Camera resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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St. Peter's Church in Kirk Onchan - © Peter Killey

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Approximately 34 miles around the world  famous Isle of Man TT Course from the TT Grandstand you will come across the original Keppel Gate (post) and around the corner the famous Kates which is better known as Kates Cottage (but originally Tate’s Cottage).

The images were captured on my Nikon S8200 Camera resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Kates Cottage (originally Tate's Cottage) on the TT Course - © Peter Killey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keppel Gate on the TT Course - © Peter Killey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Close to the Wetlands and St Peters church in Onchan is Molly Carrooins cottage which was in fact not built as a cottage but as a weaving shed which was converted to a cottage around 1800 when a chimney stack was added to the outside of the gable wall, it then later became the home of the village washerwoman.

This tiny-whitewashed cottage, which is probably one of the oldest buildings in the village, has now been fully restored to give a taste of true village tradition, and is sometimes open to the public.

A big thank you to Architectural Historian and Captain of Onchan Parish, Mr Peter Kelly for all his continued advice and support with Manxscenes.com.

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

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Molly Carooin's Cottage in Onchan - © Peter Killey

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The large stone in the wall in the bottom left of the image is known as the “Whipping Post” legend has it that it may have been used to tie the local vicars horse up too, however, its origin is more likely to be that it formed part of a semi-circle of similar stones associated with a pre-historic burial site.

The images was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 20mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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St Peters Church - Church Road Onchan - © Peter Killey

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Whilst we were out for a walk around the Clypse and Kerrowdhoo reservoirs over the weekend I captured these guys doing a bit of fly fishing, as you can see by the image there is a definite Autumnal feeling as the fly fishing season must be coming to an end.

The Clypse Reservoir is the upper of the two reservoirs in the Groudle valley and impounds the upper reaches of the Groudle River above Onchan. It was constructed by Douglas Waterworks Company during the period 1875 to 1878 to the designs and under the supervision of Daniel Cregeen, a local engineer.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 52mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Clypse Reservoir Onchan © Peter Killey

 

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1962 – 2003 – This bronze statue of the late TT and superbike legend Steve (Hizzy) Hislop stands proudly overlooking Douglas Bay from his late hometown of Onchan.

The memorial was unveiled by Geoff Duke OBE in June 2005.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 22mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Steve Hislop - 1962 - 2003 © Peter Killey

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