Lezayre

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Coordinates: 54°17′53″N 4°26′46″W / 54.298°N 4.446°W / 54.298; -4.446

Parish of Lezayre

Lezayre (nicknamed the "garden of the island") is a parish in the Sheading of Ayre and lies central and north in the Isle of Man. The parish is bounded by Michael and Ballaugh to the west, Andreas and Bride to the north, the town of Ramsey and the parishes of Lonan and Maughold to the east, and Braddan to the south. Its area is about 57 square kilometres (22 sq mi).

The name means "of", "at" or "towards" the Ayre.[1]

Lezayre is primarily rural and mountainous, and includes the summit of Snaefell, the highest point of the island, and much of the mountain sections of the TT course. It also includes most of the course of the Sulby river, the longest river on the island; Tholt-y-Will Glen, and part of Sulby Reservoir. Most of the settlement in the parish is stretched along the main road from Ramsey towards Peel, including the village of Sulby, and the small village of Churchtown centred on the parish church. Much of the northern part of the Millennium Way passes through the parish.

Demographics

The Isle of Man census of 2016 returned a parish population of 1,276, a decrease of 0.5% from the figure of 1,282 in 2011.[2]

Churches

Sulby Methodist Church

The Church of England parish church of Kirk Christ, Lezayre was built in 1835. It is likely that it is so called to distinguish it from the other Kirk Christ, located in the sheading of Rushen.[1] One of its windows was erected by stained glass painter and art dealer Daniel Cottier, whose father and grandfather were born in the parish.[3] In 2013, it was closed and the diocese is looking to sell the building.[4] There are two other Church of England churches in the parish: St. Stephen's, Sulby and St. Fingan's, a small converted Methodist chapel in Glen Auldyn.

Sulby has a prominent Methodist church.

References

  1. ^ a b "Chap 1 - Annals of Kirk Christ Lezayre". www.isle-of-man.com. 
  2. ^ 2016 Isle of Man Census Report
  3. ^ "Cottier window at Lezayre church - Photographic Archive - iMuseum". iMuseum - Manx National Heritage. 
  4. ^ IOMtoday "Room with a pew - Listed church up for sale", Adrian Darbyshire, 5 February 2015

Sources

  • Lezayre Parish community and local government information
  • Manxnotebook - Lezayre with full description of the parish
  • Isle of Man Building Control Districts showing parish boundaries
  • Glenology - Manx Glens An ongoing study of Manx glens, their locations and meanings.

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