St John's, Isle of Man
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|Manx: Balley Keeill Eoin|
St John's shown within the Isle of Man
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Tynwald Hill, the original assembly place for the Isle of Man parliament, Tynwald, is the scene of the annual ceremony in which the laws of the Isle of Man are proclaimed in English and Manx every July 5. Tynwald Day attracts thousands of spectators to watch the ceremony and participate in the Tynwald Fair.
The Anglican church in the village is dedicated to St John and the village and parish are named for the church. Within the church are reserved seats with name plaques for members of both chambers of the Manx parliament, whilst in the adjacent church hall is an exhibition detailing the history of the Tynwald. The village is dominated by Slieau Whallian, a steep hill to its south. The Tynwald National Park (also known as the Arboretum) is situated on the north side of the village.
Opposite the church is the site of the ancient pound where stray animals were placed until claimed. If unclaimed after a year and a day they became the property of the Lord of Mann, whilst the recovery fee for reclaimed animals was shared equally between the Lord of Mann and the pound official. Also displayed on that site are large stones from a 2300 BC burial chamber found locally.