Isle of Man

Churches of the Isle of Man Index

The first Christians on the Isle of Man were Irish missionaries known as “Culdees” who first arrived around AD447. They began converting the Manx population and built tiny chapels known as Keeils. These were used to shelter the monks rather than to hold a congregation.

With the division of the island into parishes in the C12th, some of the keeils were rebuilt as the parish church. They can be recognised by the Gaelic saints names. Many of these still have collections of crosses.

By the C19th, many of these churches were in poor condition. The population was growing rapidly and many of the original parish churches were a long walk for the congregation. New churches were built, with the more common Roman saint names.

Jurby Church, Isle of Man

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Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man

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