St John's, Isle of Man

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St John's
  • Manx: Balley Keeill Eoin
St John's is located in Isle of Man
St John's
St John's
St John's shown within the Isle of Man
OS grid reference SC277818
Parish German
Sheading Glenfaba
Crown dependency Isle of Man
Post town ISLE OF MAN
Postcode district IM4
Dialling code 01624
Police Isle of Man
Fire Isle of Man
Ambulance Isle of Man
House of Keys Glenfaba
List of places
Isle of Man
54°12′07″N 4°38′28″W / 54.202°N 4.641°W / 54.202; -4.641Coordinates: 54°12′07″N 4°38′28″W / 54.202°N 4.641°W / 54.202; -4.641

St John's (Manx: Balley Keeill Eoin) is a small village on the A1 Douglas to Peel road in the central valley of the Isle of Man.

Tynwald Hill

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.

Chapel of St John (Tynwald Church)

The Anglican church in the village is dedicated to St John and the village takes its name from 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 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.

Since 2003, the former St John's School building has been used by the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh (the Manx language primary school).

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