Learn about Peel’s history

The society finding fungi on a previous walk

The society finding fungi on a previous walk

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People interested in Peel’s history can take part in a guided walk tomorrow (Saturday).

The Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society last year organised a talk by Andrew Johnson on the battery defence of Peel Castle and later utilisation of Peel Hill for a myriad of quarry tramways.

Part two takes place tomorrow.

Participants will meet at Fenella Beach car park at 1.30pm or the telecommunications mast at 2pm for Andrew’s gentle uphill walk.

In a departure from the usual weekend afternoon outing, on Tuesday, August 26, Andrew Foxon will lead a visit to the Iron Age fort at the top of South Barrule.

Who defended it and against whom? To find out join this evening walk from 6.30pm at the top of the Whisky Road (just below the Round Table Crossroads on the road to Colby).

For both walks walking boots and weatherproof clothing required. For further information on the society’s programme of walks visit the society’s web site www.manxantiquarians.com, facebook page or contact the excursion secretary Pat on 861560 or 366269.

In-between the society’s Traditional Buildings of Mann group will be photographing and recording part of the island’s heritage in Surby near Port Erin, reputedly a centre of the former handloom weaving trade and having its own shop nicknamed “The Matchbox”.

To find out more, meet on Sunday, August 17, at the roadside corner at Ballafesson at 11am. For further information on this group visit www.traditionalbuildingsofmann.com or e-mail tradbuildmann@manx.net.

The society has enjoyed a range of summer outings so far this year.

Members learned from Professor Mark Noel how Time Team’s geophysics team operates and visited the skeleton structures of the bellite factory with Charles Guard, where they also learned about the natural history of the Cornaa valley.

They also viewed the pipes, pottery and boots found at the Centre of Manx Studies dig at Knockaloe.

An in-house ‘teach-in’ by Peter and Phillipa Davey on identifying the differing types of wild roses found in the island will be followed by a further excursion on the same subject in September in the north of the island.

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