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Looking very Christmassy at this lovely old Church in Ballaugh today.

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Christmas at the Cronk in Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This is the original church where St Peter’s Church in Onchan now stands.

In fact this little church was better known as Kirk Conchan and the origins of the old church which stood some 50 yards to the north of the present St. Peter’s church date back to the 12th Century.

This picture is depicted in a stained glass window in the present St. Peter’s Church in Onchan.

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Kirk Conchan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This organ came from Finch Hill United Reformed Church in Douglas after a fire there, previously the same organ was from a Methodist Church in Peel which also closed?!

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Jurby Church Organ © © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A moody sky over Jurby Church this morning.

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Moody Sky at Jurby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A view of St. Judes Church and beyond through to Snaefell Mountain.

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St Judes Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Sulby Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Sulby Cross Roads.

Built between 1912-1914 at a cost of £2,120, at one time known locally as The Theologians’ chapel, as so many men became preachers, especially just before 1914 war.

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St Stephen's Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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In Maughold Parish churchyard lie the remains of three earlier buildings (keeils) which indicate that there was an important centre of Christianity here which was founded before the end of the 7th Century.

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Maughold Keeil © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This quaint church was formerly attached to the parish church of Kirk Braddan but now Marown, the church was built in 1836 on the site of a Celtic church called “Keeill Abban”, an ancient Celtic cross has also been built into the west gable section of the building which was also used as a school up to 1871.

Behind this chapel and up the hill is the ancient site of Tynwald which was held there as far back as 1429 and is now marked by a circle of stones.

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St Lukes Church in Baldwin © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I have just read a lovely old Manx book called Legends of a Lifetime by the late George E. Quayle and he makes mention that in 1890 the family of a nearby resident of the Church (Mr Hicks) installed 8 Tubular Bells in the tower of this fine old church in his memory.

George E. Quayle mentions that his parents were married in the church at a similar date and the peal of tubular bells played ‘Abide With Me’ on their wedding day, apparently since then the bells have never played a tune since, apart from the odd jingle on a Sunday and the solemn minute bell for funerals.

I personally did not realise that ‘Abide With Me’ was a wedding hymn but I did think that this is a lovely story worth sharing.

Sadly today this fine old church is now on the open market for sale, a sign of the times indeed.

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Lezayre Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A touch of framing of the beautiful Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk.

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Ballaugh Church at the Cronk © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This quaint Wesleyan Chapel which is on the TT Course prior to Kirk Michael was first established in 1880.

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Barregarrow Wesleyan Chapel © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Located between Port Erin on the east and Port St Mary in the west, the present church was extended in 1775 and is on the site of an even more ancient building, the church is built in a Manx style and has a whitewashed exterior.

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Rushen Parish Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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