Foxdale (Manx: Forsdal, from the Norse for "dale of the waterfall") is a small village in the heart of the Isle of Man. The village falls within the sheading of Glenfaba. Politically it is part of the constituency of Glenfaba & Peel and is currently represented in Tynwald and the House of Keys by Ray Harmer MHK and Geoffrey Boot MHK. The village is served by Patrick Parish Commissioners. The village has a heritage centre which is run voluntarily. [1]


Houses in Higher Foxdale
Location within the Isle of Man
OS grid referenceSC278780
Crown dependencyIsle of Man
Post townISLE OF MAN
Postcode districtIM4
Dialling code01624
PoliceIsle of Man
FireIsle of Man
AmbulanceIsle of Man
House of KeysGlenfaba

Foxdale mines

In the 19th century there were 13 mines and workings in the area of Foxdale, which included five mines working the Foxdale shear.[2] The mines yielded a rich output of zinc blende, lead ore and silver. In time, the mines came under the ownership of the Isle of Man Mining Company who operated the mines until their closure in 1911. The mines ceased operation after many incidents including a member of the Lalor smith family dying inside as caused by sulphur dioxide poisoning from the air.

Victoria Clock Tower

Today, the most prominent feature in the village is the Victoria Clock Tower, built and paid for by the Isle of Man Mining Company.[3] Designed by Foxdale mine engineer John Nicholls the structure is 40 ft (12.2 m) in height and is visible across the valley.[4] The Dedication Ceremony took place on Thursday 16 May 1901 and was an occasion of immense civic pride for the village of Foxdale.[3][4]


  • The village has a football club, Foxdale A.F.C. which was re-established in 1991. The club has three teams including the first team, the combination team and the veterans' team. In 2011, they also fielded an Under 21s team for the Cowell Cup.
  • Foxdale's only pub (The Baltic) has a pool team and darts team.

See also


  1. "Isle of Man Government - Constituency Map".
  2. "Foxdale Mines".
  3. Peel City Guardian. Saturday, 18 May 1901; Page: 2
  4. "Registration form" (PDF).

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