Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Castletown

Castletown.-- seaport town, Malew par., Isle of Man, in S. extremity of island, on W. side of Castletown Bay, on both sides of Silver Burn, 11 miles SW. of Douglas by rail and 84 miles NW. of Liverpool, pop. 2243; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. Castletown was long the seat of government. Rushen Castle, in centre of town, a Danish fortress of the 10th century, and long the residence of the kings of Man, is now partly used as a prison and barracks. Near the castle is a small building where the House of Keys assembled for about 170 years. King William's College, founded 1830, is 1 mile NE. In the town and its vicinity are breweries, tanneries, corn-mills, and lime-kilns. A small shipping trade is carried on. On the new pier-head is a lighthouse, with fixed light (Castletown Harbour) seen 8 miles.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "seaport town"   (ADL Feature Type: "harbors")
Administrative units: the Isle of Man CrProt
Place: Castletown

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