Barregarrow

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TT riders on the slight descent from the top of Barregarrow approaching the crossroads

Barregarrow (in Manx: Bayr Garroo – The Rough Road)[1] is a crossroad-centred settlement south of the village of Kirk Michael in the Isle of Man. Located between the twelfth and thirteenth milestones on the famous TT course, the crossroads is a landmark on the famous road racing course. The A3 (TT Course) has side-junctions with the C4 (Ballaleigh Road) and B10 (Sartfell Road) at this point.

Features[edit]

TT rider Mick Grant just after the crossroads passing the chapel on his descent of the hill during the Formula 1 TT in 1985

Located at the top of "Barregarroo hill" on the Douglas Road two miles south of Kirk Michael, Barregarrow is a famous geographical landmark on the Snaefell Mountain Course of the TT Road Races. The crossroads is the location of a Victorian postbox, a traditional red telephone box and one of the first Wesleyan Methodist chapels on the island. Situated opposite the chapel on a side-road is the former Methodist chapel hall and Sunday school, used in the 1990s and early 2000s as the premises of a welding company specialising in wrought iron gates. The building is used by a seasonal carpentry firm primarily for storage.

Barregarrow and the TT races[edit]

The crossroads is closed during practice and racing hours during the TT fortnight in May/June of each year and during the Manx Grand Prix in August. The crossroads serves as a convenient location for touring riders to retire during races prior to the high speed approach to Kirk Michael village two miles further on. The Isle of Man dog warden, a boarding kennels and camp-site are located at Cronk Aashen in Barregarrow and serves as a main spectator facility during the motorcycling periods on the Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Place Names of the Isle of Man by John J.Kneen MA page 434 (1970) Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh The Scolar Press

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Coordinates: 54°15′36″N 4°34′55″W / 54.26000°N 4.58194°W / 54.26000; -4.58194