I have always admired the architecture on these houses in Hildesley Road in Douglas and whilst out and about today I captured this shot of them whilst the sun was shining ūüôā

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

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Architecture - Hildesley Road in Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This quaint little lodge is situated on one of the busiest main roads on the Island, “Thornton Lodge” is sited in the grounds of the Former “Thornton” which was a mansion house accessed along Peel Road in Douglas (opposite Hills Meadow) and is now the HQ for the Department of Education and Children in the relatively newly constructed “Hamilton House”.

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

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Thornton Lodge - Peel Road, Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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Before I give you some history into this chained grave, non of this info can be fully supported and maybe the subject of Isle of Man myth!

This rather strange grave brings many visitors to Malew Churchyard and as can be seen by the image it is iron staked at each corner and randomly heavily chained to allegedly keep the vampire in!

The alleged Vampire was a Mr Hassal who died aged 54, when Mr Hassal died the Undertakers were not allowed to bring his body onto the consecrated church grounds so rumour has it that they loaded his body into the grave from behind the wall, it was then covered in a heavy slate slab and staked with iron posts and iron chains.

To add to this conundrum Mr Hassal’s wife Margaret is also buried in this chained grave!

Vampires Grave in Malew Churchyard © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com Vampires Grave in Malew Churchyard © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

 

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"Simple Shadows" at Kirk Braddan old Church - ¬© Peter KilleyAn image from inside the beautiful Old Kirk Braddan Church and titled “Simple Shadows”

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

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Malew Church is one of the most ancient parish churches of the Isle of Man, dating from the establishment of the parochial system in perhaps the twelfth century and the Church¬†remains officially the parish church for the parish of that name (which includes Derbyhaven, Ballasalla, Grenaby, Ballamodha and St Mark’s, but no longer Castletown).

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera dipped in HDR 5, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Malew Church - © Peter Killey

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Standing at the side of the beautiful St Lukes Church in West Baldwin and looking towards Greeba Mountain in the centre of the image with South Barrule Mountain to the far left of this image.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera dipped in HDR 5, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Saint Lukes Church looking towards Greeba Mountain - © Peter Killey

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Also known as the Crossag, which crosses the Silverburn River near to Rushen Abbey, dating from the mid-14th century the four feet wide packhorse bridge is an example of only a few which survive in the whole of Britain.

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

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Monks Bridge in Ballasalla - © Peter Killey

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A beautiful example of a traditional Manx thatched cottage in Cranstal in Bride.

The stones that are protruding below the thatch would have been the tie off points for the ropes that would have then secured the thatch prior to today’s new securing methods..

Perhaps someone could tell us what the protruding slates on the chimney stacks are for as I have seen these on many thatched cottages and wondered what they are for?

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

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Thatched Cottage - Cranstal Bride - © Peter Killey


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I captured Duty Pump Foxtrot 1:1 today whilst the sun was shining and whilst this handsome appliance was sat awaiting the next shout at Douglas Fire Station ūüôā

The appliance is a 6 personnel 1800 Litre Water Tender Ladder Appliance which was body built by UK company Emergency One.

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

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Duty Pump Foxtrot 1:1 -  © Peter Killey

 

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