Christ Church, Laxey
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Are you a visiting organist? On holiday, visiting family or on business here on the Island? Would you like to enjoy an hour playing our splendid organ (or keyboard) at our Sunday service, 11.15am Laxey Christ Church - the church built by the historical miners of this village? If so, our congregation would greet you with a warm Manx welcome ... call Reverend Jo on 861989 or 411989.
The first indication that Laxey should have its own Church was on April 20th 1850 when the “Manx Sun” reported: “Laxey Glen. The population of this romantic spot has now become so numerous that it is proposed to build a new Church, contiguous with the mines, and efforts are now in the making by influential parties to carry this desirable object into speedy execution”. This rise in the Village population was noted especially by one of the principal shareholders in the Laxey Mining Company, George William Dumbell. He decided that more Church accommodation was required because the only Church at that time was in Lonan Parish, about three miles away. People wishing to attend divine services there found the distance a problem, particularly in bad weather.
On May 2nd 1850, G W Dumbell bought a parcel of land and a building fund was launched. It was decided that the name would be Christ Church, and that the building work would be carried out by George Dumbell and the Mining Company. The architect was Ewan Christian RIBA. He also designed four other Manx Churches – the Dhoon, Ballasalla, Marown and St Thomas’s Church in Douglas. His best known work was carried out at Carlisle Cathedral. The building work began and the foundation stone was laid by the Bishop (Lord Auckland) who was Bishop of Sodor and Mann from 1847 to 1854. Six years later the building work was completed at a cost of ?950, and G W Dumbell agreed to the sale of the Church and the surrounding land to the Bishop for the consideration of five shillings on 27 May 1856. On the same day the service of consecration took place.
There are car parking facilities in the grounds around the Church - please take extra care when crossing the tram lines.
Special note for wheelchair users – there are three steps to be negotiated in order to enter the Church.
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The Rev Josephine Dudley
56 Ard Reayrt
Isle of Man IM4 7QQ
Tel: (01624) 861989 (Priest-in-charge)
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