Lonan  the Isle of Man


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lonan like this:

KIRK-LONAN, a parish in the Isle of Man; on the E coast and on the Laxey river, 8 miles NE by N of Douglas. It contains the village of Laxey, which has a post office under Douglas, Isle of Man. Its length from S to N is 6¾ miles; and its greatest breadth is 3¾ milesPop., in 1851, 2, 607; in 1861, 2, 909. ...

Houses, 524. Laxey bay indents the coast between Clay Head on the S and Laxey Head on the N. Clay Head has an altitude of 393 feet; Slieu Roie, 1¼ mile N NW of Laxey Head, has an altitude of 840 feet; Cairn-Gharjohl, on the W border, has an altitude of 1, 461 feet; and SlieuChoar, on the extreme NW border, has an altitude of 1,809 feet. The Laxey glen has fine scenery. Lead and copper mines are on the heights to the N; and, at about a mile from Laxey, they have been worked for more than 300 years, and employ at present about 300 hands. Paper mills were formerly at Laxey. Two tall stones, called the Cloven Stones, stand about a mile NW of Clay Head; form part of a stone circle and cairn, which were tolerably complete in last century; and are traditionally said to mark the grave of a Welsh prince, who reigned in Man about the 8th century. A cairn, called King Orry's Grave, stands on a hill side ½ a mile NE of Laxey; was found a few years ago, to contain a kistvaen; and is traditionally said to mark the grave of an early Manx king, who founded the House of Keys. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Sodor and Man. Value, £150.* Patron, the Crown. Two ancient crosses stand at the old church; and one of them is 5½ feet high, and has a wheel sculpture, richly carved with knot work. The new church presents no feature of interest. The p. curacy of Laxey is a separate benefice.

The location is that given by Wikipedia for the parish.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lonan, in and the Isle of Man | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th October 2021

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