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Possibly the site of where Foxdale Mines worker James Killey murdered 3 of his children and then killed himself in 1868.

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Doarlish Ard Foxdale - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Beckwith’s Mine is located above Glen Rushen on the western slopes of South Barrule, The mine was first worked around 1839 and produced lead ore before being closed in 1877. The main shaft was 1,100 feet deep, the bottom of which was considerably below sea level.

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Beckwiths Mine © Peter Killey - www.manxsenes.com

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If you are like me and wonder what this Clock Tower is all about every time you drive past it then read on;

The Clock Tower in Foxdale is certainly a well known landmark in the Village and was erected and paid for in 1901 by the Foxdale Mining Company Ltd for the benefit of Foxdale and to commemorate Queen Victoria’s reign of 64 years. The tower was later restored by the Department of Local Government in 1992.

The white plague half way up the tower reads;
VICTORIA.R.I.
REIGNED 64 YEARS
AND STILL REIGNS IN THE HEARTS
OF HER PEOPLE

The wording on the lower plaque names the Chairman and Directors of the Foxdale Mining Company.

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Foxdale Clock Tower © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

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Standing on the Ballavar Road next to Archallagan Plantation in Foxdale and overlooking the buildings of the MSPCA in the centre of the image, South Barrule Plantation is top left, next to the Plantation is South Barrule Quarry, you can also just make out the heather starting to burst into colour on the upper hills.

How lucky are we to have such a wonderful countryside!

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Foxdale and Beyond © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This mine was worked circa 1832 to 1881 by the Isle of Man Mining Company, usually in conjunction with the more extensive Beckwith Mine situated 2/3 of a mile West and it exploited part of a vein of lead ore which was temporarily very productive . There were two shafts approximately 240’ apart, the engine shaft and the Whim shaft – So called because it was originally worked with a horse gin or whim.

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Cross Vein Mine in Foxdale © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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