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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‘The Tree Tunnel’

On the Ballamooar Straight at Ballaugh.

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The Pagan Lady

These two images were taken recently in the Manx Museum Viking Gallery.

Excavations in Peel Castle in 1982/87 revealed an extensive graveyard. The most spectacular finds were the 10th century grave of “The Pagan Lady” which included a fine example of a Viking necklace of which there is 71 differently coloured beads.

The replicate of the original beads can be seen on the Pagan Lady in both of my images.

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Pagan Lady © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Pagan Lady © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Isle of Man – Remembrance Sunday 2015 at Ballaugh Church

“When you go home
Tell them of us, and say
For your tomorrow,
We gave our today.”

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Another lovely Sunset tonight at the Celtic Cross War Memorial at Jurby Church.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them”

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Jurby War Memorial © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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High up in the hills of Druidale.

There is something quite magical and mystical about these beautiful Hares.

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A beautiful Autumnal morning at Salmon Leap at Sulby Claddagh today, I even put my wellies on to take this piccie.

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Salmon Leap in Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Milntown House today and I have to admit knowing that woman on the left hand side of the roof and also trying to avoid the guy on the right hand side of the roof 🙂

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Standing on Port Erin Upper Promenade and looking over the rooftops towards the Lighthouse.

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Hop tu Naa – At Cooil Road in Douglas.

Do you know the difference between Halloween and Hop Tu Naa? As the rest of the British Isles prepare to celebrate Halloween on 31 October, many Isle of Man residents will instead celebrate Hop tu Naa. Historically Hop tu Naa has been considered to be the Celtic New Year, marking the end of the summer and the beginning of winter.

Hop tu Naa is celebrated with the carving of turnips for lanterns as opposed to the pumpkins that are commonly used for Halloween. Children will then go singing around the houses for hop tu Naa treats, this was once apples, bonnag and herring but as the years have gone by it’s now sweets and pennies.

Children visit the houses in fancy dress costumes and with their spooky turnip lantern. A favourite song of choice and one you still regularly hear amongst the children is the famous ‘Ginnie the Witch’ which is a traditional Manx Gaelic song.

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The White Lady of Ballafreer

A peculiar rock of white quartz which has a human look about it. It is about six to seven feet high and is reputed to bring good fortune to young brides!

As you know the Isle of Man is full of history, myths and legends and lots of the stories have been handed down by oral tradition and it is difficult to find any record of them in print.

*Update from Bernadette Weyde from her excellent FB Page “As Manx as the Hills”

Extract from William Cubbon’s book, Island Heritage:

“The White Lady of Ballafreer has been an object of reverence, of wonderment, of admonition and of fear for many centuries. In view of the fact that Ballafreer was reckoned holy ground – the genesis of the name is ‘ the home of the brethren ‘ – it may have had a blessed significance, there was certainly a belief that it shed especial protection over women folk.

There is nothing elsewhere in the Island like this white quartz pillar, about six to seven feet high. A girl about to be wed would fill her mouth with the water from Chibbyr Pherick, ‘St. Patrick’s well,’ which flowed only a few yards away. Then she would walk three times around the pillar, and this must be done jesh-wise, or sun-wise, and then swallow the sacred water, saying in Manx: Ayns yn Ennym Yee, as y Vac, as y Spyrryd Noo,’ In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.’ Child-bearing women also did this ritual. And, in order to be effective, it must be performed before sunrising.”

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White Lady of Baldafreer © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

White Lady of Baldafreer © 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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