Poolvash Bay, Isle of Man

Historical Description

Poolvash Bay, a bay in the SW of the Isle of Man, entered between Scarlet Head on the E and Noggin Head on the W. It measures 3 ½ miles across the entrance, and fully 2 thence to the head; has an approximately half-moon form; includes the creeks of Poolvash on the E and Perwick on the W; has Port St Mary on the middle of the W side, and is noted for quarries of Posidonia schist, called Poolvash marble, on its shores. The steps of St Paul's Cathedral, London were taken from here. The name Poolvash is a corruption of Poyll Vaase, signifying the " bay of death."

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