The Peel Castle on Saint Patrick's Isle , Part of the Isle of Man.
The Peel Castle on Saint Patrick's Isle
Photo courtesy of C.C.S. Associates
The Peelle surname, by whatever spelling, is a placename generated surname... The Peel Castle proves just how long the "Peel" name has been used...
This side view of the Peel Castle is taken from Fenella Beach. It overlooks the link between the Isle of Man and the castle built upon St Patrick's Isle. Beyond the castle is the breakwater with the lighthouses and the hills on the west coast of the Isle of Man towards the town of Kirk Michael.
The Virtual Tour of the Peel Castle is one of the neatest methods of showing an ancient Manx landmark over the Internet without the use of movies. To take the tour just press the Tour Button above. PLEASE GO, YOU WILL ENJOY IT! If you get the chance, really go there, you will enjoy it, I know I have been there!
A LITTLE HISTORY: "Two Kings are noted to have died on the island, Godred II in 1187 and Olaf II in 1237. King Magnus gave St. Patrick’s Isle to the Church, probably in 1257. It is noted in the Chronicles of Man that Norse Kings retained it as a royal residence and centre of government until the mid 13th century. During the Anglo-Scottish wars, the Isle of Man changed hands several times between 1290 and 1333. After 1333 the Lords of Man refortified St. Patrick’s Isle and were not prepared to leave it in the hands of the Church. In 1363 the Bishop appealed to the Pope to secure restoration of his Church, saying that the Cathedral and precincts had been occupied as a fortress and divine service stopped. In 1392 William Le Scroop was licensed to build a castle and undertook to repair the Cathedral. The Pope granted indulgences to all penitents who contributed to its restoration. On July 8,1929 the Commissioner of the Crown Lands handed over the three properties of Peel Castle, Castle Rushen and Tynwald Hill to the Government Property Trustees of the Isle of Man. The transfer marked the recovery of those centres from which the Isle of Man had been governed from the time of the Norse Kings."