Old Kirk Braddan Church
I love Old Kirk Braddan for its setting and extraordinary atmosphere. It’s less than a mile from central Douglas, but takes you back centuries as soon as you step through the gate and down the path past its moss-grown graves. Inside the church there are old crosses, the scent of ancient damp and dust, and on the wall the heartbreaking memorial tablet which inspired me to write my book Thomas Cubbin, Master Mariner, and The Wreck of the Serica.
I specially love the fact that churchwarden Caroline McDonald always keeps a single light burning, which you can see as you drive along the Peel Road. On a dark winter’s evening a glimpse of it through the east window is quite magical.
#ilovethisbuilding by Valerie Cottle