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Manx: Skeerey Valew
Isle of Man
Malew Church.jpg
Malew Church
Grid reference: SC2756570420
Location: 54°7’0"N, 4°37’60"W
Population: 2,385  (2016[1])
Post town: Isle of Man
Postcode: IM9
Local Government
Arbory, Castletown & Malew

Malew is one of the seventeen ancient parishes of the Isle of Man. It is located in the south of the island in the sheading of Rushen.

Settlements in the parish include Castletown, Ballasalla, Derbyhaven and St Mark's.


It is named after the Celtic saint, Malew, also known as Saint Moluag, whose feast day is 25 June.


Malew parish covers an area from Langness Peninsula and Scarlett up to Foxdale. The area includes both Ronaldsway and Balthane industrial estates and the Isle of Man Airport.

The parish is bordered on the east by Castletown and Santon Burn; on the north by the Granite Mountain and the South Barrule; by an irregular line from the South Barrule to Poyll Vaaish on the west; and by the sea on the south. It contains about 15 square miles. Most of the parish is low and undulating, forming much of the southern plain of the island. The northern portion is more hilly, including the South Barrule, the highest point of the south of the island at 1,585 ft. The Silver Burn river rises near the South Barrule and flows under the Monks Bridge at Ballasalla, reaching the sea at Castletown harbour.

The coast line is low, but rocky and dangerous. Castletown Bay is a deep but exposed and dangerous inlet between Langness and Scarlett. The headlands are Dreswick Point and Langness Point, the two southern extremities of Langness peninsula; and Scarlett Point, a conical mass of sub-columnar basalt. At the northern end of Langness is St Michael's Isle.

The district is chiefly agricultural. Near the village of Ballasalla are the ruins of Rushen Abbey, founded in 1098, and dissolved late in the reign of Elizabeth I, and an ancient packhorse bridge over the Silver Burn, called the Crossag, or Monk's Bridge, too narrow for vehicles. Derbyhaven is a tiny hamlet on an isthmus, with a natural harbour, protected by a small breakwater. St Mark's, in the north of the parish, is a small agricultural village clustered round a chapel of ease.


The Isle of Man census of 2016 returned a parish population of 2,167, a decrease of 10% from the figure of 2,385 in 2011.[1]


The former Manx Airlines had its head office on the grounds of Isle of Man Airport.[2] BA Connect (BA CitiExpress) had an engineering base in Ronaldsway, employing 110 people. After Flybe acquired BA Connect, Flybe announced that it would discontinue the base.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2016 Isle of Man Census Report" (PDF). 
  2. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 26 March-1 April 1997. 86.
  3. "FLYBE TO AXE ENGINEERING BASE" Isle of Man Today. 9 March 2007. Retrieved on 12 March 2010.

Outside links

Sheadings and parishes of the Isle of Man
The armoured triskelion on the flag of the Isle of Man.svg

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