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Parish dedicated to St. German

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St German's Cathedral - St Patrick's Isle

Old St German's Cathedral

For a full description see Kermode's 1917 article.

An 18th description is given by Grose in 1787 - includes a plan of the cathedral.

The photograph shows the view from the southeast - the unroofed chancel of the Cathedral is seen centre of the photo - below this is the crypt sometime used as the ecclesiastical prison. It would appear that this chancel remained roofed until 1765.

Grid Reference SC242845

The history of the decay of this Cathedral illustrates the power struggle between church (i.e. the Bishop) and State (i.e. the Governor) during the late 16th and 17th centuries. 

There was a scheme to restore the cathedral in the 1870's and plans were drawn up by Anderson to this effect but no money was forthcoming.

D Craine Peel Castle Isle of Man Douglas: Gov Property Trustees 1964 (+ reprinted since)

Old St Peter's

For many years German and Patrick shared the use of old St Peter's in Market Place Peel

Kirk German - St. German's

St German's Cathedral

Built between 1879 and 1884 at the instigation of Bishop Rowley Hill to replace the old St. Peters in the Market place, Peel, which served as parish church for German (and until 1714 Patrick).
Became the Cathedral church in 1980 after several attempts to restore the ruined cathedral on St. Patrick's isle came to naught.

Grid Reference SC246840



Roof blown off in hurricane of 1903.

Originally had a spire which had to be removed following subsidence in 1907.

St Germans, with tower

Guide book A Cathedral Trail - A Short tour of St. German's Cathedral Peel

St.John the Baptist - St John's

St John's

Combines roles of Parish Church and National Church. Present building consecrated 1849 with the British Government providing £1,500 of the £2,535 cost. Designed by Richard Lane of Manchester in the English transitional style of the 13th century
The church has a full complement of stained glass windows (gift of late W.H.Collister) of which those in the chancel depict various saints to whom ancient parish churches of the Island are dedicated.

Grid Reference SC279819


The previous church at St Johns was cruciform in shape.

Old St John's, c.1830

W. Harrison Records of the Tynwald and Saint John's Chapels in the Isle of Man Manx Soc. Vol. XIX. 1871
Guide book Partington, Brian A Short History of the Royal Chapel of St. John the Baptist: parish
An abridged version in IoM Family History Soc. Vol 9 No 3 pp81-83  

St.John the Evangelist - Cronk-y-Voddy


A Chapelry Church built 1852 due to exertions of Mrs Cecil Hall, widow of Archdeacon Hall.
Deconsecrated and now converted into a private dwelling

Grid Reference SC279819


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