Kirk Christ Lezayre, Isle of Man

Historical Description

Kirk Christ Lezayre, a parish in the Isle of Man. The village of Sulby in the parish stands near the river Sulby, 4 miles W by S of Bamsey, had once a Cistercian priory, a cell to Furness Abbey, and has now cattle fairs on 8 and 24 June. The parish is 7 miles long from N to S, and 5 wide from E to W, touches eight of the other parishes of the island, is traversed by the island's largest stream, the Sulby, and includes or shares the island's loftiest mountains. Post town, Ramsey. Acreage, 16, 277; population, 2665. The surface is grandly diversified, and exhibits much interesting scenery. A remarkable pile of rock, called Cronk-y-Samarck, signifying the 'Hill of the Shamrock," stands at the entrance of the Claddagh, which runs into Sulby Glen near its mouth. North Barrule, Slieu Choar, and Snaefell I mountains have altitudes of 1842, 1809, and 2024 feet, and command magnificent views. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Sodor and Man; net value, £175 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church is modern. There are a slightly-endowed school and some charities.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5