"Turnwake, with figures at base of flagpole" - is Tynwald Hill, Isle of Man

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Where: Isle of Man, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1890

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The Turnwake it says! As if that is enough in itself to describe and locate a circular mound with a flagpole in its centre. Well, I must admit that I never heard of it before nor did I ever see an image of it before so I will await with bated breath to discover what have I been missing!
Signed, A Cranky, (Morning Mary)

O Mac quite quickly identified this as the mound of Tynwald Hill at St Johns, the Isle of Man. Similar to Dublin's "Thingmount" (that we'd discussed in recent months), the hill's mound was an ancient Norse/Viking meeting place (part parliament, part court) - and the island's legislature still sits ceremonially at the spot annually in early July.

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1890-1910

NLI Ref: M50/9

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Jun/2016 07:37:55

    What has you Cranky?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jun/2016 07:38:56

    It's Friday and I don't get to post again until Monday:-)

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    O Mac

    • 10/Jun/2016 07:40:48

    Should be Tynwald - founded by the Vikings on the Isle of Man. Oldest parliament in the world.....they say! www.flickr.com/photos/sasha_furlani/14294809914/in/photol... Streetview www.visitisleofman.com/placestovisit/heritage/tynwaldhill...

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Jun/2016 07:42:16

    Is this the same place from the Catalogue? Four girl figures sit upon mound at base of flagpole, near church

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:03:43

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] yes Danny, here is a streetview including the Royal Chapel of Saint John the Baptists in the background.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:09:23

    Lads! Huge news! Notes are back, and all our old notes are still there... :) They even used one of our photos in the announcement!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:15:38

    Related to the long-gone Thingmount in Dublin: Dublin hand drawn survey, St. Andrew's Church

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:16:31

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You are miles behind - keep up!!

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    Carol Maddock

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:17:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] What?! Nobody ever tells me anything! :( When did it happen?

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:21:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It must be 2 or 3 days!!!

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    Carol Maddock

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:26:50

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ah, haven't been around much this week. But even if it's old news, it's brilliant news!

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:27:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Strongly Agree.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:28:46

    The Notes announcement was Posted at 8:37PM, 7 June 2016 BST. One of the Mary's noticed yesterday. I noticed an update to Stig Nygaaard's greasemonkey script (which I was using to jimmy my browser to read and write notes) on the 8th - yesterday I realized Stig must have been reacting to the return of "official" notes.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 10/Jun/2016 08:44:31

    Sure I was never able to keep up with you lot anyway! :)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2016 09:41:00

    The Dublin Thingmount was 40 feet high, 3 times this size, which we could have bragged about if it had not been taken away and used as landfill to raise Nassau Street to its current level in the 17th century.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2016 09:46:59

    Previously, on the Isle of man: Port Soderic, HotelSloops at anchor in harbour, lighthouse on outcrop in distance

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2016 10:45:12

    Tynwald comes from the same root as Þingvellir in Iceland, meaning Thing Fields, and Tingwall, Dingwall Tingvoll and Thingwall occur in Shetland, Norway, Scotland and the North of England. Hustings, as in elections, come from the same root as Tyn here (and Thing in Dublin). Hus is house, and Ting is the Parliament or People.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jun/2016 22:32:05

    Excellent stuff as usual all - I've tried to capture the main points in the summary, tags, etc. Have a great weekend! (A less cranky Evening Mary.... :) )

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 11/Jun/2016 04:02:38

    Intriguing

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    gato-gato-gato

    • 11/Jun/2016 06:56:20

    Super.

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    O Mac

    • 11/Jun/2016 09:29:17

    The wee house on the right can be seen,center. in this 1890's photograph beside the old Tynwald Inn but not in this 1905 postcard where the present Tynwald Inn has since replaced it--- which would suggest Mason's photograph was taken pre 1905. Streeview of Tynwald Inn

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jun/2016 12:38:27

    I have just added another favorite to our 100,000+ views album, our 15th entry. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9464854780/in/album-72157651599255125/ Check out our most viewed photos below. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651599255125