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Archive for November, 2009

Sand, Sea and Sunshine: hot and cold water through the ages at Ballaugh Beach

This interesting title drew 15 adults and 5 children to Ballaugh shore on a sunny evening at the end of June. Dr Peter Davey and his wife Dr Philippa Tomlison led us along the cliffs and pointed out features of interest. They began by explaining the geology of our area and how the landscape was […]

Milk deliveries in the 1920s: Updated

(previously) Following the article in about milk deliveries in the 1920s in Newsletter 7, these photographs of measures used by milkmen in the 19th century were sent in by Peter Callister. It’s not clear which area they were used but are good examples of the type. Many thanks to Peter Callister for permission to reproduce […]

Notes and Queries

Ed: An extract from a copy of a letter from County Durham with some notes about the Green family in Ballaugh. Included was a copy of the family tree. If you would like a copy, please contact me. Thomas Green (1800-1869) came to the Island from Nayland, Norfolk to be Steward to the Bishop of […]

Local history with Alan Crosby: ‘Completely Baffling’

Sometimes, looking through historical records, you come across something that you simply don’t understand. Last weekend I was teaching on the Isle of Man and staying with a good friend who lives at Ballaugh, in the north of the island. She edits the newsletter of the local heritage society, and had been looking at some […]

The Bishop’s visit to the Old Church

When Bishop Robert made his first visit to the Old Church earlier this year, he brought with him the historic Bishop’s Crozier, made from bog oak from the Ballaugh Curragh and silver from Laxey. The details are drawn from the Celtic and Scandinavian crosses, with fine enamelled work on both sides. There was a great […]

Celebrating Christmas Day in 1840

This extract is from Harvey Briggs’ page in the IOM Examiner 31 March 2009. The earliest ploughing matches in the Island were held in 1840. By 1845 the ploughing match idea had spread to other parts of the Island and a report by the Manx Liberal tells of a match in a field belonging to […]

Drama in Ballaugh

Sarah Christian’s research has given a glimpse into Ballaugh entertainments. Local drama societies visited the village to present comedies, farces and dramas, interspersed with musical items. Most of these appear to have been companies based in other parts of the Island. However, there was also a Ballaugh Dramatic Society that took part in the class […]

Life in Ballaugh in the 1840s

From an article published in Mannin in May 1913 February 28th, 1915. Today is my birthday – seventy-four years. I was born in the year 1814, in the parish of Ballaugh. I was baptized and catechized for confirmation by our beloved Rector, Thomas Howard, and was confirmed by Bishop Powys on September 23rd, 1855. In […]

Events and Excursions

The committee and other volunteers have had a busy few months, with two exhibitions, and a strong emphasis on the Northern Railway. In July, the exhibition was to set out the stall for the centenary next year of the Parish Hall. Photographs, memories and stories formed the basis of a display which will be developed […]

The Ballacrosha Estate

(previously) Arthur Moore’s picture is taken from upstairs in the Corlett house looking out over Tommy (Nuggett) Kermeen’s farmyard where Chapel Close is now. His stock would walk unaccompanied up to the bridge, into the stream, then home again. The geese would do the same. Imagine that happening today. It shows the bay where animals […]