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Killkellan, Ballabeg, Lonan

Period: Medieval

NGR Easting: 243208

NGR Northing: 482460

Description: Medieval chapel.

The Ordnance Survey 1:2500 First Edition mapping of 1867 shows the site of a chapel and burial ground at this location, formerly named Killkellan, together with the annotation, ‘Site of Chapel & Burial Ground’. The OS places a marker within a small enclosure to the east of the road, which is defined by a curvilinear field boundary.

The Manx Archaeological Survey (1915) is silent on the record made by Dr J Bradbury (1894) that ‘rude foundations’ within the enclosure might represent the remains of the chapel, and instead drew attention to the nearby watercourse, Strooan ny Killane (stream of the chapel), on the basis of which it inferred the existence of a chapel. It could find no memory locally of a dedication. A field to the west of the main road traditionally bore the name Bwoailley Khallane (Chapel fold), which would appear to reinforce the view that a chapel had formerly been present.

A Royal Commission field inspector noted in 1976 that there was no trace of the site and that the site had been obliterated by modern development.

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Site & Monument Type: chapel

Category: National Monuments Record: Archaeological Sites [multi-site]

Site ID number: 0657.10

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