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Houses in Higher Foxdale
Foxdale is located in Isle of Man
Location within the Isle of Man
OS grid referenceSC278780
Crown dependencyIsle of Man
Post townISLE OF MAN
Postcode districtIM4
Dialling code01624
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House of KeysGlenfaba
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Isle of Man
54°10′09″N 4°38′22″W / 54.1693°N 4.6394°W / 54.1693; -4.6394Coordinates: 54°10′09″N 4°38′22″W / 54.1693°N 4.6394°W / 54.1693; -4.6394

Foxdale (/ˈfɒksdl/; Manx: Forsdal [ˈfɑːstθəl]; Old Norse: Fors-dal – 'waterfall dale or valley')[1][2] consisting of the districts of Upper and Lower Foxdale on the A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road with the junction of the A24 Foxdale to Braaid road and the A40 The Hope road in the parish of Kirk Patrick in the Isle of Man.

The village of Foxdale falls within the sheading of Glenfaba. Politically it is part of the constituency of Glenfaba & Peel and is currently represented in Tynwald and the House of Keys by Ray Harmer MHK and Geoffrey Boot MHK. The village is served by Patrick Parish Commissioners. The village has a heritage centre which is run voluntarily. [3] It was formerly the terminus of the Foxdale Railway.

Foxdale mines[edit]

In the 19th century there were 13 mines and workings in the area of Foxdale, which included five mines working the Foxdale shear.[4] The mines yielded a rich output of zinc blende, lead ore and silver. In time, the mines came under the ownership of the Isle of Man Mining Company who operated the mines until their closure in 1911. The mines ceased operation after many incidents, including a member of the Lalor smith[clarification needed] family dying inside due to sulphur dioxide poisoning from the air.

Queen Victoria Memorial, Foxdale, Isle of Man

Victoria Clock Tower[edit]

Today, the most prominent feature in the village is the Victoria Clock Tower, built and paid for by the Isle of Man Mining Company.[5] Designed by Foxdale mine engineer John Nicholls the structure is 40 ft (12.2 m) in height and is visible across the valley.[6] The Dedication Ceremony took place on Thursday 16 May 1901 and was an occasion of immense civic pride for the village of Foxdale.[5][6]


  • The village has a football club, Foxdale A.F.C. which was re-established in 1991. The club has three teams including the first team, the combination team and the veterans' team. In 2011, they also fielded an Under 21s team for the Cowell Cup.
  • Foxdale's only pub (The Baltic) has a pool team and darts team.


The 2006 film, Miss Potter, was partly filmed in Foxdale.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Place Names of The Isle of Man – Da Ny Manninee Dooie Vol.1. Sheading of Glenfaba (Kirk Patrick, Kirk German and Peel). pages 103 & 104 Kirk Patrick by George Broderick (1994) Manx Place- Name Survey, © Max Niemeyer Verlag GmbH & Co. KG Türbingen 1994 ISBN 3-484-40138-9 (Gesamtwerk) 3-484-40129-x (Band 1) Druck und Einband: Das Weihert-Druck GmbH Darmstadt
  2. ^ Daily Express page 46 Friday 16th November 1979
  3. ^ "Isle of Man Government - Constituency Map".
  4. ^ "Foxdale Mines". Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b Peel City Guardian. Saturday, 18 May 1901; Page: 2
  6. ^ a b "Registration form" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Isle of Man Guide - ECONOMY, Manx Films, Miss Potter". Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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