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I took this image this morning opposite the Woodbourne Hotel in Alexander Drive in Douglas.

The custom of ‘Hunting the Wren’ has long been an Isle of Man tradition, and is still kept alive each St Stephen’s Day.

It is thought that it is descended from Celtic mythology and the tradition may also have been influenced by Scandinavian settlers during the Viking invasions of the 8th and 10th centuries.

Historically, groups of young men known as ‘wren boys’ would hunt a wren and then tie the sacred bird to the top of a pole, decorated with holly sprigs and ribbons. With blackened faces, the group would sing at houses and receive for money, presents or food for their efforts. Those that gave money to the boys would receive a feather from the wren as thanks. The collected money was then used to host a village dance.

Superstitious Manx fishermen were known not to venture out to sea without having first secured a feather to ensure their safe return. Wrens’ feathers were also considered a general preservative against witchcraft.

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

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Hunt the Wren 2012 - © Peter Killey

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Right opposite Athol Street on Peel Road in Douglas you cannot miss these Majestic Victorian gilt topped turrets and Station Clock of which the entrance leads you down to the Steam Railway Station.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 DSLR with a Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens, cropped and resized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Douglas Railway Station Entrance - © Peter Killey

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The Jubilee Clock in Victoria Street, Douglas - © Peter Killey

This beautiful cast iron ornate clock structure was presented to the Town of Douglas by Mr George William Dumbell to mark the occasion of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 DSLR with a Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens, cropped and resized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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I always admire this lovely little cafe and restaurant at No 21 Castle Street in Douglas.

The image was captured on my Nikon S3000 digital camera and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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21 Castle Street in Douglas - © Peter Killey

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Opened in 1899, this Victorian market building still operates as a market to this day.

The building is situated on the junction of Market Hill and North Quay in downtown “Old Douglas” and is owned by Douglas Borough Council (Ratepayers of Douglas).

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

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The Victorian Market Hall, Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This former but original Jane Crookall Maternity Home became fully functional as a dedicated Maternity Home in 1938 and closed in 1992, this building, where I was born is now administration offices for the Department of Social Care.

The property which had been bought and modified for the purpose by the then Mayor of Douglas, Alderman A B Crookall for a lasting memorial for his wife Jane.

The building is situated on Demesne Road in Douglas is now called Crookall House and if my memory serves me right there used to be a figure of a stalk situated on the roof above the front doors!

There have been some very famous people born in this building (apart from me!!) i.e. Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb from the Beegees 🙂 there are plenty more I am sure!

Also if my memory serves me right the rooms to the right of the front door were the delivery rooms!

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Jane Crookall Maternity Home (former) - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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The relatively newly refurbished Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade on Harris Promenade in Douglas, click here to see an image of the Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade that I captured early one morning back in May 2003 prior to the refurbishment.

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

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Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade - 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”.

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Thornton Lodge - Peel Road, Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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This building at the northern end of Douglas Promenade houses Douglas Borough Council’s historic Horse Trams and the offices above have been converted into a conference facility and called “The Strathallan Suite”

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Strathallen Terrace - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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Whilst out on a shout tonight and on my way home I stopped to grab an image of St George’s Church in Douglas whilst this beautiful building was lit up with sodium lights.

St George’s Church was completed in 1781 and is the oldest standing church in Douglas.

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

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St George's Church Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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I have always admired the architecture of this lovely “Old Douglas” building which was opened in 1898.

The building was designed by an architect called Armitage Rigby who also designed several houses at Little Switzerland and the cross shelters at Maughold and Kirk Michael (and other buildings).

The image was taken from South Quay and overlooking the Douglas Marina towards “The British”  and was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 38mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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The British Hotel on North Quay Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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Whilst out for a walk today on South Quay we were lucky to spot the Steam Packets Fast Craft Manannan entering Douglas Harbour after returning from the port of Liverpool.

The lighthouse to the right of the craft is the Battery Pier Light.

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 58mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Fast Craft Manannan Entering Douglas Port -  © Peter Killey

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