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Isle of Man
The Island is a self governing British Crown dependency and lies in the middle of the Irish sea between Britain
& Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II who holds the title Lord of Mann. The Lieutenant Governor is
the crown representative for the island.
It is a place steeped in history and yet measures only 33 miles North to South and 13 miles East to West at its’
widest point. Despite its comparatively small size the Island contains a wide variety of scenery.
A range of hills stretch obliquely across the Island,the highest of which is Snaefell at 621 metres (2,036 feet). Between these hills lie
well defined valleys. Around the Island’s flat northern plain are long sandy beaches which contrast with the rocky cliffs and sheltered bays
around the rest of the coastline. Over two thirds of the island is cultivated, principally the fertile northern and southern plains.
Inhabited for 1,000 years, the island became a Celtic-Norse community as the Norse began to settle on the Island around AD 850.
It’s original inhabitants consisted mainly of crofters, farmers & fishermen but it was also vulnerable to attack from the sea
which led to the island having many wars and many rulers. The Vikings brought with their boats, bloodshed and terror to the local people
in their battles to take the rule of Mona’s Isle and yet left behind a lasting impression. Their language survived in place names and
their seafaring knowledge was passed down through the generations.The Island has also long been associated with fairytales & folklore.
This is apparent in the place names such as The Fairy Bridge, The Witches Mill & Glen Elfin.
The Manx flag consists of the three legs with the motto ‘which ever way you throw me I will always stand’ and although we have pound and pence
the same as Britain we also have our own version of the currency and still use pound notes!!!
We have our own language ‘Manx’ although sadly it is dying out , we are also home to two further world famous things,
Manx Cats & The TT Motorbike Races…………
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