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Coordinates: 54°17′53″N 4°26′46″W / 54.298°N 4.446°W / 54.298; -4.446

Parish of Lezayre
Manx: Skeerey Chreest ny h-Ayrey

Lezayre (/ləzˈɛər/ ləz-AIR; Manx: Creest ny h-Ayrey), formally Kirk Christ Lezayre, is one of the seventeen parishes of the Isle of Man.

It is located in the north of the island (part of the traditional North Side division) in the sheading of Ayre.

Administratively, part of the historic parish of Lezayre is now part of the town of Ramsey.

Other settlements in the parish include Glen Auldyn and Sulby.

Local government[edit]

For the purposes of local government, most of the historic parish forms a single parish district with Commissioners.[1]

Since 1865, an area in the east of the historic parish of Lezayre has been part of the separately administered town of Ramsey, with its own town commissioners.

The Captain of the Parish (since 2005) is Denis Duggan.[2]


Lezayre parish is part of the Ayre & Michael constituency, which elects two Members to the House of Keys. Before 2016 it was in the Ayre constituency, and since 1867 Ramsey has formed its own constituency.


The parish is bounded by Michael and Ballaugh to the west, Andreas and Bride to the north, the town of Ramsey and the parishes of Lonan and Maughold to the east, and Braddan to the south. Its area is about 57 square kilometres (22 sq mi).

The name means "of", "at" or "towards" the Ayre.[3]

Lezayre is primarily rural and mountainous, and includes the summit of Snaefell, the highest point of the island, and much of the mountain sections of the TT course. It also includes most of the course of the Sulby river, the longest river on the island; Tholt-y-Will Glen, and part of Sulby Reservoir. Most of the settlement in the parish is stretched along the main road from Ramsey towards Peel, including the village of Sulby, and the small village of Churchtown centred on the parish church. Much of the northern part of the Millennium Way passes through the parish.


The Isle of Man census of 2016 returned a parish population of 1,276, a decrease of 0.5% from the figure of 1,282 in 2011.[4]


Sulby Methodist Church

The Church of England parish church of Kirk Christ, Lezayre was built in 1835. It is likely that it is so called to distinguish it from the other Kirk Christ, located in the sheading of Rushen.[3] One of its windows was erected by stained glass painter and art dealer Daniel Cottier, whose father and grandfather were born in the parish.[5] In 2013, it was closed and the diocese is looking[out of date?] to sell the building.[6] There are two other Church of England churches in the parish: St. Stephen's, Sulby and St. Fingan's, a small converted Methodist chapel in Glen Auldyn.

Sulby has a prominent Methodist church.


  1. ^ "Lezayre Parish Commissioners". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Captains of the Parishes". Culture Vannin. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Chap 1 - Annals of Kirk Christ Lezayre". www.isle-of-man.com.
  4. ^ 2016 Isle of Man Census Report
  5. ^ "Cottier window at Lezayre church - Photographic Archive - iMuseum". iMuseum - Manx National Heritage.
  6. ^ IOMtoday "Room with a pew - Listed church up for sale", Adrian Darbyshire, 5 February 2015