The Cholera Pit

The Epidermics of 1832 and 1833

“That destructive calamity”

When looking at this large open space how many people realise what this piece of land really is?

Look more closely and you will see this grassy plot is marked by a small plane cross bearing the words cholera 1832 – 1833 there are no names marked anywhere but the space is, in fact, the resting place of many of the victims of the outbreak of this dreadful disease which killed over 200 people. Some were buried in other parts of the island but most will living in Douglas. It is thought that they were approximately 120 victims in total buried in st. George’s. 10 burials were recorded in St. George’s burial register on the 30th of August 1833 alone.

This disease was almost certainly the result of poor quality of the water supply and was highly contagious. The Isle of Man Weekly Times reported that the cholera “baffled all medical skill; many in good health in the morning were interred in the same evening” The beds and clothes of those who died were burned. The dead were wrapped in tarred sheets – no coffins – and buried immediately. At night in St. George’s churchyard the burials took place by dim lanterns, hand-held or suspended from the trees, the body’s heaped in one after the other.

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Cholera Pit St. George's - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Cholera Pit St. George's - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Cholera Pit St. George's - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A few Landscape pics from a run in the car down South 🇮🇲

1 – Hay Bales at Shore Road in Gansey.
2 – Overlooking Cregneash Village and the Calf of Man.
3 – A view towards Port Erin from the Creagneash Road.

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Hay Bales at Shore Road in Gansey - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Cregneash Village and the Calf of Man - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Port Erin from Creagneash Road - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Quite rare to see the Creek Inn in Peel without a load of cars parked outside, also a reflection of the Creek Inn on the House of Manannan’s window and a pic taken adjacent to the Creek of Peel’s exotic Marina (it’s all about the Creek Inn and Peel today) 🇮🇲

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The Creek Inn, Peel - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

The Creek Inn, Peel - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Peel Marina - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Loving the freshly painted shelters on Mooragh Promenade in Ramsey 🇮🇲

The first shelter, which was designed and painted by Beth Louella, one is a 12th Century ‘Queen of Mann’ called Affrica, while the present day woman, Fenella of Ramsey, is a character created by Beth, the other sides features a traditional Manx Cat.

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Mooragh Prom - Ramsey - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Mooragh Prom - Ramsey - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Mooragh Prom - Ramsey - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Mooragh Prom - Ramsey - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Set on St Patrick’s Isle and overlooking Peel is the Island’s majestic fortress, Peel Castle.

A few pics from inside Peel Castle and a few looking out as well 🇮🇲

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Peel Castle - Isle of Man - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Peel Castle - Isle of Man - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Peel Castle - Isle of Man - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Peel Castle - Isle of Man - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Peel Castle - Isle of Man - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely stroll around the wonderful Port St Mary this afternoon, Shore Road is such a beautiful place for a photographer, just love it down there 🇮🇲

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Port St Mary Inner Harbour - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com Port St Mary Inner Harbour - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com Port St Mary Inner Harbour - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com Port St Mary Inner Harbour - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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