Main road at Ballaugh Bridge
|Population||1,042 (2006 Census)|
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|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||Ayre & Michael|
Ballaugh (// bə-LAFF; from Manx Balley ny Loghey, meaning 'town of the lake') is a small village on the Isle of Man in the parish of the same name, in the sheading of Michael. It is the only village in the parish.
The parish adjoins Jurby to the north, Lezayre to the east, Michael to the south and south-west, and the Irish Sea to the west. It stretches about 5 miles or 8 km from north to south: at the extreme southern end it includes part of Sulby Reservoir, and to the west it includes part of Bishopscourt, the former house of the island's Bishop.
The village is situated on the main A3 Castletown to Ramsey road (this part of which forms part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used during the annual TT and Manx Grand Prix races) about seven miles west of Ramsey. The road crosses Ballaugh Bridge, a hump-backed bridge, in the village. It is a favourite spectator spot, and is always accessible via the A10 road and A13 road when the TT Course is closed for racing.
The village has one primary school, Ballaugh School, for children between the ages of 4 and 11. Currently the school has about 80 pupils. After year six pupils generally attend either Queen Elizabeth II High School in Peel or Ramsey Grammar School in Ramsey.
Ballaugh was only connected to the water mains in the early 1950s; until then most residents used the local wells, including one situated in the rear yard of Ellan Vannin, a former coach house with stabling beside the yard.
The village had a station on the (long-closed) Manx Northern Railway.
In recent years the village has expanded, with new housing estates to the north of the village centre.
The north of the parish (roughly north and west of the A3 road) is a flat agricultural area. The remainder of the parish is hilly and partly used for coniferous plantations, reaching about 375 metres near the summit of Slieau Dhoo.
Churches and chapels
The Church of England parish church is St Mary's Church located in the village, although there are two churches, the old and the new.
The old parish church of Ballaugh was located in what is now the hamlet of The Cronk, about 1.5 miles or 2.5 km north of the current village, on the treen (a subdivision of the parish) of Ballamona. In 1717, Thomas Wilson who was then the Bishop of Sodor and Man, added a simple baroque front and the church was lengthened by 21 feet (6 m) with a gable topped by a bell-cote added to the west end. Between 1757 and 1777, rear and side galleries were added.
On 24 March 1830 the parishioners of the old Ballaugh church held a vestry meeting to vote on whether to relocate and build a new larger church closer to the village. The Bishop of Sodor and Man presided at the meeting. It was decided by a vote of 110 to 84 to relocate the church. The foundation stone was laid for the new church on Ballatersson just one month later by Bishop Ward; the cost of building the church was £1,714.
With the building of the new church, the old church fell into disrepair. It was restored in 1849 with a new roof, although the galleries and chancel extension were removed. It was further restored in 1877 and 1955 and has since been used regularly for services. The new church was last renovated in 1893.
There have been a number of Methodist chapels in Ballaugh. Ballaugh (Ballaterson) Primitive Methodist Chapel closed in 1969 and since been demolished. The land on which the first Ballaugh Village Wesleyan Methodist Chapel stood was sold in 1778 to Thomas Clark for £2. He conveyed the property to a group of trustees on 19 December 1791. After the chapel was built, it was soon found to be too small, and in 1806 additional land was provided to expand the chapel. In 1868 a new village Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built and the first chapel was then used as a Sunday school and hall. However, in 1999 the second chapel was closed and services reverted to the hall. Ballaugh New (Ballakinnag) Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1898. It is now a garage. (Ballaugh) Curragh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was originally built in 1815 and closed in 1971.
- G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 9.
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