Cashtal yn Ard is one of the best ancient monuments on the Isle of Man. It is one of three Neolithic tombs, dating from about 2000 BC. It is well preserved and one of the largest of its kind in the British Isles. The monument was originally a megalithic chambered Cairn holding five chambers and extending over 130 feet long. Sites of this type were used as communal burial places for Neolithic chieftains and their families.
At the Villa Marina Arcade on Harris Promenade in Douglas.
The Calm & the Storm at Fenella Beach in Peel today.
This little fella has spent most of this Christmas in my log store.
I have to admit being old enough to remember watching sticks of rock being hand made in Kelly’s Rock Shop in Castle Street in Douglas!
These properties were originally laid on the lawns of the Castlemona Hotel.
They are dated circa 1840 and I particularly like the old style architecture on these buildings, namely the arched doorways, the window pediments above the first floor windows and the old cast iron balconies that remain on some of these Victorian properties.
Looking very Christmassy at this lovely old Church in Ballaugh today.
The beautiful Kirk Maughold Church today.
A Manx Milestone – On the Sulby Straight.
My quest to picture many of the Isle of Man’s remaining Tholtans continued today with a lovely walk up to the once loved ‘Eairy Beg Farmhouse’ which is high up in Glen Helen Plantation.
You can see more of my pictured Tholtans by clicking the above Manx Tholtans link.
T. E. Brown and the T. E. Brown Stained Glass Window at the Manx Museum
Thomas Edward Brown (1830 – 1897)
T.E. Brown was the national poet of the Isle of Man, he was born in Douglas and brought up in Kirk Braddan Vicarage where he was educated by his father until he was 15, he then attended King Williams College. He then went up to Oxford and gained Firsts in Classics, Law and History. In 1853 he was elected Fellow of Oriel and in 1856 became Vice-Principal of King Williams College. In 1864 he was appointed second master at Clifton, Bristol where he remained until he retired in 1892. He then moved back to the Isle of Man and settled in Ramsey.
While at Clifton Brown wrote many poems, both lyrical and narrative, the latter being richly descriptive of Manx People and strongly dialectal. These are included in his ‘fo’c’s’le Yarns’ beginning with ‘Betsy Lee’. He died in 1897 on a return visit to Clifton.
The Manx Museum has a dedicated area to T. E. Brown which includes this bust by Joseph Swynnerton and this stained glass window which was designed by William Hoggett to display Manx Characters created by Brown.
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