Port St Mary
|Port St Mary|
|Manx: Purt le Moirrey|
Bay View Road in Port St. Mary
Port St Mary shown within the Isle of Man
|Population||1,957 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Crown dependency||Isle of Man|
|Post town||ISLE OF MAN|
|Police||Isle of Man|
|Fire||Isle of Man|
|Ambulance||Isle of Man|
|House of Keys||Rushen|
Port St Mary (Manx: Purt le Moirrey) is a village district located in the south of the Isle of Man. The village takes its name from the former Chapel of St Mary (Manx: Keeill Moirrey) which is thought to have overlooked Chapel Bay in the village. Its population is 1,953 according to the 2011 census.
Geography and communications
Port St Mary is located on the south-western part of the island with Port Erin located nearby.
A railway station lies just north of the main part of the village, one of the stops on the surviving section of the Isle of Man Railway between Douglas and Port Erin. Steam trains operate on the line several times a day during the summer season, and stop at Port St Mary. The village is served by Bus Vannin services to Port Erin, Castletown, Douglas and Onchan.
Once a major fishing and trading port, the village is still popular with tourists and fishermen, especially during the summer. The inner harbour, with its pier created in 1812 , is tidal and dries out from half-tide. The outer harbour, created when the Alfred Pier was built in 1882 , is accessible at all tide states - unique amongst the Manx ports. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has had a lifeboat and station in Port St Mary since 1896. The current lifeboat, the Gough Ritchie II, lies to a permanent floating mooring inside the outer breakwater.
The village is home to the Port St Mary Golf Links, the Island's sole 9-hole golf course, and also Scoill Phurt le Moirrey, a primary school opened in 1993-1994. The Isle of Man Yacht club is also based at Port St Mary harbour.
Chapel Bay, a sandy beach in the upper part of the village is used for recreation and bathing in the summer months.
Churches and other notable buildings
Port St Mary Town Hall is an imposing stone building situated on the village's Victorian promenade at the upper end of the village and houses local government offices and a tourist information point, as well as the hall itself which is used for performances and community gatherings as well as being available for private hire. The building is thought to stand on the site of the original Keeill Moirrey.
Just north of St Mary's is the Port St Mary site of the Living Hope Community Church (formerly known as Port St Mary Baptist Church). The current church building was built in the early 2000s on the site of the former Port St Mary Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, which was completed in 1895, closed in 1970 and was demolished in 2000.
In the lower part of the village, near the port, lies the current Port St Mary Methodist Chapel, built in 1903 as a Primitive Methodist chapel and known as Mount Tabor. Another smaller former Wesleyan chapel, on the High Street, opened in 1835 and was demolished in the 1970s, with the village's garden of remembrance and war memorial occupying the site.
Port St Mary is served by St Columba's Catholic Church, which lies just outside the village and which is shared with Port Erin. It is a chapel of ease in the parish of St Mary's with St Columba's in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
There are three pubs in Port St Mary; the Albert, the Bay View Hotel and The Station Hotel. The latter lies adjacent to Port St Mary railway station outside the main village and has recently re-opened.
National Dunkirk Memorial
To commemorate the seventieth anniversary of her sinking, the starboard anchor of Mona's Queen, an Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel lost off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo on which many seamen from the Port St Mary area served, was raised on 29 May 2010 and subsequently returned to the Isle of Man to form the centrepiece of a permanent memorial. On 29 May 2012, a memorial featuring the restored anchor from Mona's Queen, to commemorate the losses 72 years earlier on Mona's Queen, King Orry and Fenella was opened in a ceremony at Kallow Point in Port St Mary attended by representatives of local and national government, the Lieutenant Governor, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and the French Navy.
Port St Mary became a village district for local government purposes in 1890, for which Port St Mary Commissioners are responsible. The local government district lies adjacent to the village district of Port Erin and the parish of Rushen.
- Quintin Gill (born 1959), former Member of the House of Keys.
- Juan Watterson MHK (born 1980), Politician and Member of the House of Keys.
- Mollie Sugden (1922–2009), Actress lived here for several years before returning to the United Kingdom.