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Kirk Braddan Old Church and 3 interesting Gravestones 🇮🇲

Set in a beautiful wooded valley by the River Dhoo. The churchyard is full of Georgian headstones and is a wonderful place for photographers and anyone with an interest in Manx history and architecture to visit.

There are many interesting gravestones but here are 3 of my favourites and a snippet of info about each.

The grave of Captain Edward Quayle
Captain Quayle was born in 1802, and became one of the first Masters of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company when he assumed command of the Mona on October 5th 1833, having previously been in command of several of the clipper packets which plied between Douglas and Liverpool.
Captain Quayle passed away at his home on Prospect Hill on Saturday June 14th, 1862. The grave has a beautiful intricate carving of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s paddle steamer ‘Douglas’ just look at that 3 intricate Legs of Man above the paddles.

The Cholera Stones
Some 83 victims were buried in Old Kirk Braddan yard between July and September 1832, these small stone adjacent to the Church are apparently individual graves.

Samual Ally “The Slave’s Grave”
One of the best known graves in old Kirk Braddan Church is that of Samuel Ally who was an African slave that was brought to the Isle of Man from the West Indies by the owner of Kirby Mansion house (directly next door to this graveyard) following the abolition of slavery in 1834.

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Old Kirk Braddan Church -  © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

The grave of Captain Edward Quayle - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Cholera Headstones - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Samuel Ally - Manx Slave - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A fantastic venue for a photographer to capture images of the many interesting aspects of the Isle of Man in History, this graveyard contains so many interesting graves and tombstones and offers us photographers a fantastic opportunity to capture so many dramatic effects depending on light and weather conditions etc…

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

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Kirk Braddan Old Church, Isle of Man - © Peter Killey

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I have taken a few images of this little chapel over the years, I am really pleased how HDR has brought out the texture in the rendering of the chapel.

The image was captured on my Nikon S3000 camera and post processed in Dynamic Photo HDR and Adobe CS5.

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Braddan New Cemetery HDR - © Peter Killey

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This very famous Manx Grave in the New Kirk Braddan Cemetery is that of Manx Illustrator and designer Archibald Knox (1864 to 1933).

Archibald Knox was born in nearby Cronkbourne Village and he grew up being inspired by intricately carved patterns in Celtic Stones of Mann.

The beautiful wording on his gravestone reads “A humble servant of God in the ministry of the beautiful”

His work still lives on to this day in the form of the world famous Archibald Knox Jewelry.

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

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Archibald Knox - Kirk Braddan Churchyard © Peter Killey


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