Cregneash

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Cregneash
Cregneash Folk Museum 1988.jpg
Harry Kelly's cottage and Woodturner's workshop in Cregneash
Cregneash is located in Isle of Man
Cregneash
Cregneash
Cregneash shown within the Isle of Man
Population(2006 Census)
OS grid referenceSC189672
ParishRushen
SheadingRushen
Crown dependencyIsle of Man
Post townISLE OF MAN
Postcode districtIM9
Dialling code01624
PoliceIsle of Man
FireIsle of Man
AmbulanceIsle of Man
House of KeysRushen
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Isle of Man
54°04′09″N 4°46′09″W / 54.0693°N 4.7691°W / 54.0693; -4.7691Coordinates: 54°04′09″N 4°46′09″W / 54.0693°N 4.7691°W / 54.0693; -4.7691

Cregneash or Cregneish (Manx: Creneash) is a small village and tourist destination in the extreme south-west of the Isle of Man, about one mile from Port Erin.

Annual Manx festivals are held in Cregneash and it is home to a flock of the rare four-horned Loaghtan sheep. Much of the village forms a "Living Museum" dedicated to the preservation of the traditional Manx ways of life. Officially opened in 1938, the Cregneash Folk Village shows the typical way of life of a small Manx village in the 19th century. Many original Manx cottages have been preserved and exhibit Victorian farming and fishing equipment. Historically most of the cottages were thatched, and this is reflected on many of the cottages. There are also a number of private homes in the village, but their external appearance is controlled to maintain an older look.

A central museum holds a wealth of historical information, whilst many of the cottages in the village allow visitors to see rural activities performed by museum workers in traditional dress. Harry Kelly's cottage in the centre of the village typifies a Manx villager's home, where weaving or knitting often took place in the living area. In the workshop a blacksmith demonstrates some of the tools and techniques used to make horseshoes and other metal equipment of the time. Ned Beg's cottage holds an exhibition about the Manx language, as Cregneash was important in the survival of the language around the start of the 20th century.

The quaint period aesthetic of the village has attracted the production of several film and television shows, including Waking Ned Devine, Rocket's Island, Stormbreaker, Keeping Mum, Mindhorn and Solace in Wicca.

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