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A lovely feature to the entrance of Kirk Michael Church is this hand carved Lych gate. 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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Lych Gate - Kirk Michael, © 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 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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This quaint little church is situated at the Cronk in Ballaugh and has gone through many changes, in its present form it is only half the size that it had been in the 18th century, the church is also very well known for it’s leaning entrance gate pillars.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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N.B There is some further information and images of this church on this section of my website – Manx Churches and Chapels

Ballaugh Old Church - © Peter Killey

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