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Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse”

A lovely walk today to this isolated building.

It is the site of an old slate quarry workings at the foot of Sartfell Mountain, this building is clearly visible when looking approximately South-East from the TT Course half-way up Barregarrow Hill.

This quarry originally employed about twenty quarrymen, many of whom were Welsh, who came over to the Island following the closures of quarries in their homeland. It closed in about 1874 due to the poor quality of the slate and the buildings subsequently fell into disrepair.

The ruins are those of the blacksmiths shop, stables, a pay office and accommodation for the men.

The belfry at the end of building deceptively gives it the appearance of an old church. In fact, the bell which it once housed was used to signal the beginning and ending of the mens work shifts, which ran day and night.

The old quarry building is very desolate and quite a hard place to get to it has very steep slopes and ravines to cross and a good set of walking boots are a must.

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Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse” - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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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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Approximately one mile north of Kirk Michael lies Bishopscourt which was once the home of many of the Isle of Man’s Bishops – This beautiful building which is steeped in Manx history is now in private ownership.

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Bishopscourt Kirk Michael - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Steam Train No 4 Caledonia at Kirk Michael – Manx Heritage Transport Festival 2018.

To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the last train on the Northern Line, a locomotive (Caledonia) will be positioned on track outside an original Manx Northern Station building at Kirk Michael (now Kirk Michael Fire Station).

Kirk Michael Heritage Trust will be in the former station building with a photographic display focused on the Northern Line. This will be the first time since closure of the line in 1968 that a locomotive has visited the station.
Worth a look on Wednesday 25th July.

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Caledonia Steam Train - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The former Isle of Man Bank in Kirk Michael which closed its doors in 2012.

I have to say that this really is a beautiful old building in Architectural terms.

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IOM Bank © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The only Pub in Kirk Michael – The Mitre

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Mitre Hotel Kirk Michael © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A run out on the Mountain Bike this afternoon took me to Orrisdale Lime Kiln.

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I have to be honest and say that these old Manx Runic Stones and Crosses do fascinate me.

This rather strange stone (No. 110) is displayed in Kirk Michael Church and is a broken shaft of a cross slab, which in 1669 was turned upside down, reshaped and carved with a skull and cross bones. It shows remains of the double twist and ring design. On one edge part of an inscription reads, A.B. cut (these) runes.

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Manx Crosses and Slabs - © 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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The bottom of Barregarrow the next left hander is in to Westwood then on to the straight towards Douglas Road Corner in Kirk Michael (all in all a very fast section of the course).

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Bottom of Barragarrow on the TT Course © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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