Manx Churches and Chapels

Join me on my journey to picture every Church and Chapel on the Isle of Man.

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 touch of Christmas at the tiny and beautiful St Adamnan’s Church in Lonan this morning, I reckon this must be one of the smallest churches on the Isle of Man?! 🇮🇲🇮🇲🇮🇲

I have also added a small video clip at the bottom of this post of St Adamnan’s including the external font and the Celtic Wheel Headed Cross which still stands in it’s original position at the south side of the church. It stands at 1.5m high.

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St Admnan's Lonan - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

St Admnan's Lonan - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

St Admnan's Lonan - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

St Admnan's Lonan - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Vampires Grave in Malew Churchyard.

A trip to Malew wouldn’t be the same without taking a look at this famous grave.

I have a few images on this website of this fascinating grave but this time I have added a video for anyone intending to try and find it.

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Vampires Grave - Malew - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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St Runius Church Marown

This was once the Parish church and was situated in about the centre of the Parish. The original building was from approximately 1200 AD and was enlarged in 1754 AD.

Three bishops are possibly buried in the graveyard here; Lonnan, Connaghan, and Runius.

This quaint little Church has no mains electricity and relies on candlelight.

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

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Kirk Braddan Old Church.

I just love a good old walk around a graveyard especially if it is slightly spooky 🇮🇲 (Nikon Z50 Mirrorless Camera).

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Braddan old Church - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The quaint interior of St Lukes Church in West Baldwin.

St Lukes Church was formerly attached to the parish church of Kirk Braddan and 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.

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

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