Ballaugh Heritage Trust

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Archive for September, 2014

REPORTS OF EVENTS Oct 2011-Dec 2012

 It’s very encouraging to see that the increase in the numbers of people coming to the evening meetings. Events further afield are generally less well-supported though. Attendances for the indoor meetings average about 25, which represents about 40% of our membership. Please let us know if you have any ideas suggestions for speakers and subjects […]

New biography of Illiam Dhone published

Milntown House, the ancestral home of the Christian family, was the location for the launch of the new and definitive biography of William Christian, otherwise known as Illiam Dhone, one of the most controversial figures in Manx history. The launch was in the presence of the Hon. Clare Christian, MLC, President of Tynwald. This year […]

Ballaugh’s Living History, 19th November 2011

The TTs, Ballaugh railway station, the Bowling Club, and the many societies and groups that use the Village Hall: all these are some of the happenings that are part of the fabric of the village and parish of Ballaugh. As well as the parish church in the village and the Old Church at the Cronk, […]

A plea from the Editor: Plans for Future Newsletters

The renovation of the Railway Goods Shed offers a wonderful opportunity to devote most of the next issue to the Northern Railway and its impact on the communities it served. Most people think of documentary research but personal memories and items are really important, as they often contain information that has never been written down […]

Walking the Line

The first of a planned series of walks exploring the parish was published towards the end of 2012. Good friend and supporter of our Ballaugh Trust is Bill Quine, of the Peel Heritage Trust has planned an enjoyable and informative route following the railway line on a circular route from Ballaugh to Bishopscourt and back. […]

‘We are now at war with Germany’

Mrs Marjorie Crowe (2009) We were in St Olave’s Church, Ramsey, when someone entered the main door and handed an envelope to the Minister. Everyone stopped singing. When he opened the envelope and announced, ‘I’m sorry to tell you that we are now at war with Germany’, we were in a state of shock. The […]

The Railway Goods Shed, Ballaugh

Brief history and recent use With the investment in the infrastructure of the Isle of Man during the latter part of the 19th century, there was a pressing need to improve communications across the Island. The Douglas to Peel railway was opened in 1873, closely followed by the line from Douglas to Port Erin via […]

Ballaugh Celebrates the Jubilee!

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated on the Island on Friday 6 July. In spite of the weather, the whole day was a huge success. The Jubilee Princess procession opened the proceedings and, because of the rain, some changes to the plans had to be made. Everyone had hoped for a warm, sunny and dry […]

The search for Lieut. Mark Ecken R.N.

Research by David J. Radcliffe M.A. of Ballaugh, with assistance from Jillian Ryder in Australia ‘what a wonderful tool the internet can be’ Ed: I’ve included this article in its unedited state as an excellent example of the complexity of research and how the story can unfold. The Internet has meant that research that would […]

A Sound Revival

The move from the Old Church at the Cronk to the new church in the early part of the 19th century produced major and obvious changes to the parishioners. Some, however, are less obvious to modern historians but must have caused considerable comment at the time. Anyone familiar with the Old Church today will have […]