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Ramsey, Isle of Man

Historical Description

Ramsey, a town in the parishes of Kirk Maughold and Kirk Christ, Lezayre, Isle of Man, on the NE coast, at the mouth of the river Sulby, 14 miles NNE of Douglas. It has a sandy beach extending 1 mile to the S and 4 miles to the N; is overlooked, in the SSW vicinity, by North Barrule Mountain, 1842 feet high; confronts the middle of a crescental sweep of sea, measuring 5½ miles along the chord, and called Ramsey Bay; and is a favourite resort for summer visitors. The streets of the older parts of the town are narrow, and the houses irregularly built, but of late great improvements have-been made, and well laid-out streets and substantial houses are being erected. In the centre of the town is the court-house, an unpretentious edifice. The old pier has been almost entirely rebuilt, and it now comprises a landing-pier for passengers, 121 yards in length and 15 feet wide. A lifeboat house was erected in 1890, through the liberality of a private donor. The Mooragh Park, Lake, and New Promenade are along the shore N of the harbour, and at the S end of the Old. Promenade a low-water landing-pier (the " Queen's Pier ") was opened in 1886, bywhich passengers can be landedat all states of the tide. Overlooking the town is Lhergy Frissel Height, on which stands the Albert Tower, which marks the spot where H.R.H. Prince Albert stood in 1847 to view the surrounding scenery. Ramsey figures in the earliest records of the island and in many interesting events of Manx history; is the seat of deemster's, vicar-general's, and high bailiff's courts, and ranks as a port. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.) Population, 4866. There are numerous-hotels and boarding-houses. St Paul's Church, erected in 1822, enlarged in 1844, and improved in 1874, stands on the S side of Market Place. The living is a vicarage, united with St Catherine; gross value, £210 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Sodor and Man. St Olave's Church, built in 1861, is situate in the N part of the town. There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, Methodist New Connexion, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic chapels, and a. seamen's bethel.

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


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