Hartford celebrates Castletown HM Brig of War Racehorse memorial

Wednesday 14th December 2022 |

Hartford Homes are proud to have assisted the HM Racehorse Commemorative Group in securing planning approval for the erection of a memorial plaque, and the relocation of a cannon recovered from the ship, to a prominent quayside location in Castletown.


An integral part of Manx history, the 19th century warship wrecked off Langness in 1822, resulting in the loss of nine people, including three rescuers from the Island’s ancient capital, Castletown.


Both the HM Racehorse Commemorative Group and residents of Castletown have been campaigning for more recognition of the tragedy in the run up to its 200th anniversary this year.


James Greenhalgh, director of Hartford Homes, said:

“Our congratulations go out to the HM Racehorse Commemorative Group, who have worked tirelessly to memorialise this significant event in our Island’s history.”

“As a proud member of Biosphere Isle of Man, Hartford Homes gets involved in multiple projects that directly benefit our environment, but also our culture and community. When we found out about the group’s efforts, we were inspired to help in any way we could.”

“Whilst our own contributions were relatively modest by comparison, we’re proud to have played a part in ensuring the 200th anniversary of the heroic deeds of the people of Castletown will be commemorated.”


The unveiling of the plaque, along with further events to mark the disaster, will take place in December.


Tony Brown OBE, Chairman of the HM Racehorse Commemorative Group, said:

“We are very appreciative of the generous support provided by Hartford Homes in ensuring we could progress the erection of the Memorial plaque, and relocation of the cannon on The Quay, which will provide a fitting memorial to the bravery of the three Castletown men and the tragedy of the ship.”


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