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Peel (page 1) Peel (page 3)

Peel (page 2)

Manx kippers are cured for a period of up to ten hours using the smoke from oak chips. Manx kippers are famous the world over, and unlike kippers from elsewhere, no colouring matter is added to kippers made on the Isle of Man.

Kipper factory, 1985
Photography by John Ball, 1985
Above: Moore's Manx Kippers, one of the curing houses near Peel quayside.

Rumpy kipper factory 1953
Photography by Leonard Ball, 1953
Above: My brother and I outside the "Rumpy" kipper factory in Peel, in 1953.

In the picture, I'm clutching a newly purchased box of fresh Manx kippers. I was then 13 years old, and my brother was 6.

The remaining photographs on this page illustrate Peel town from various viewpoints, from the 1950s through to the present.

Peel town, 1954
Photography by Leonard Ball, 1954
Peel viewed (above) from near the summit of Peel Hill, and (below) from the castle.
Peel town and harbour, 1970s
Old postcard, circa 1970s
Below: Night draws in over the town in this recent view from Peel breakwater.
Peel from the breakwater, 2001
Photography by John Ball, March 2001

Christian Street, Peel, 1953
Photography by Leonard Ball, 1953
  Ship's figurehead, Peel, 1953
Photography by Leonard Ball, 1953

Christian Street, Peel, in the summer of 1953. We stayed in a guesthouse near the shop with the awning protecting its window display from the light.


Also in 1953, my six-year-old brother was intrigued by a ship's figurehead attached to the wall of Peel lifeboat station.

Click here to conclude the exploration of Peel.