Again, while filing material away I came across this piece that throws an interesting insight into the Northside/Southside division.

Isle of Man Government. Northern Railway: Report of Committee. n.p. [Douglas]: [Isle of Man Government], 1877.

[1] “In addition to this the Railway will tend to consolidate the interests of the North and the South.
The line of mountain land which separates one side of the Island from the other, has a tendency to cause the interests of these portions to be looked upon as separate and distinct from each other, and prejudices occasionally show themselves, which more frequent communication will lessen or prevent.”



4 thoughts on “Northside/Southside

  1. Another reference to note:

    Speed, John. The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. London, 1627. See Book 1, Chapter 46, “Man Iland,” 91 cols. a–b. On the titlepage: “The Kingdome of Man.”

    (6) […] Howbeit the common sort of people both in their language and manners, come nighest vnto the Irish although they somwhat rellish and sauour of the qualities of the Norwegians.

    (8) The whole Ile is diuided into two parts, South and North, whereof the one resembleth the Scotish in speech, the other the Irish. It is defended by two Castles, and hath seauenteene Parishes, fiue Market-Townes, and many Villages.

    Again, a theme that needs the references to be pulled togther.


  2. What we have to be aware of here is how the definition of Northside and Southside has changed over the centuries. Until 1796, the division was one based on geography, using the natural boundary of the Island’s watershed running Southwest to Northeast. This made Glenfaba, Michael and Ayre the Northside Sheadings and Rushen, Middle and Garff those for the Southside. After that date a cardinal definition came into being and Northside consisted of Michael, Ayre and Garff whereas the Southside now consisted of Glenfaba, Middle, and Rushen. Also, Marown was transferred from Middle to Glenfaba and Conchan from Garff to Middle. It would be interesting to know about why this reorganisation came about.

  3. “A “Courier” representative visited Noble’s Hospital yesterday, and walking through the wards found three Northerners living in beds alongside eachother.”
    Ramsey Courier, 16 November 1906, p.4.

    “The presence of three Ramsey patients in Noble’s, whilst a fourth entered yesterday, shows the need of a similar insitutition in Ramsey, Ere long, we are glad to know, this need will be supplied.”
    Ramsey Courier, 16 November 1906, p.4.

    Evidently, the “Northern Body” needs a Northern Hospital in order for proper treatment.

  4. Letter from Rev.T.E. Brown to Rev. E.W. Kissack, 18 September 1885.
    The poetry of Esther Nelson (c. 1805–c. 1845)
    “And that was breathed and bred from your Bride hills, and the long stretches of the Ayre.”

    In Irwin, Sidney T., ed. Letters of Thomas Edward Brown. Vol. i. 2 vols. London: Archibald Constable, 1900, see p. 111.

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