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Welcome To:

The Lexicon Bookshop

Specialists in Manx Books, Souvenirs & Gifts.



Failt ort / Welcome

Founded in 1936, the Lexicon is the Isle of Man's longest established bookseller and we hold out the promise to customers who visit our shop of extraordinary discoveries within the friendly and relaxed surroundings of a traditional independent family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there are a wide range of books in print covering all aspects of life past and present in the Isle of Man. In addition, there is an extensive range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, models, gifts and souvenirs.

In an endeavour to offer some unique items not to be found anywhere else, we originate a large number of our own gifts which are predominantly handcrafted. These ranges include artwork, Christmas decorations, fridge magnets, giftware, glassware, greetings cards, jewellery, jigsaws and models.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our website and all of the items featured can be purchased by using our secure online store. Alternatively you are more than welcome to contact us by phone (01624 673004) or e-mail (lexicon@manx.net).

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Gura mie ayd / Thankyou

New Products

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

19.99

This book presents a unique record of our intriguing Island with a stunning collection of photographs of the Isle of Man using the latest drone technology. It also features the Island's towns and villages as well as our historic landscape and industrial past.

The drone is able to visit remote places that are difficult to access, such as the abandoned mines at the back of Bradda Head. Flying over the towns, the drone reveals street layouts, hidden areas and, in Douglas, the dazzling array of Victorian terraces, something only really visible from the air.

All pictures are complemented with captions for each view with supporting text by local historian and broadcaster, Charles Guard.


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One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

16.95

In this book, local transport author, Barry Edwards, tells the story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

Opened on 7 August 1876 and at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing, the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.

Through two World Wars, financial crises and declining passenger numbers the tramway in more recent times has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal. There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle.

Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.

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The Isle of Man From the Air

The Isle of Man From the Air

14.99

The Isle of Man as you have never seen it before!

The Isle of Man has one of the world's most fascinating landscapes, shaped by the Ice Age, weathered by time and colured by human history. But much of this beautiful and dramatic scenery is rarely seen to its full advantage and can only be hinted at from ground level.

The recent innovations in the field of drone filming have enabled the qualified pilots at Duke Aerial Productions to explore the Isle of Man like never before - and to get even closer and more intimate to their subjects than ever before. The result is a beautiful and fascinating portrayal of the island, showing facets of the ‘gem of God’s earth’ which are new, even to those who have lived and worked on the land all of their lives.

Filmed throughout with the latest 4K technology available so you can enjoy incredible views of the Isle of Man from the comfort of your own home.
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Good Clean Fun - A Social History of Britain's First Holiday Camp

Good Clean Fun - A Social History of Britain's First Holiday Camp

25.00

Jill Drower, great-granddaughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Cunningham, has revisited the story of the Young Men's Holiday Camp in Douglas, in the Isle of Man. The result is a book packed with information and pictures, with hitherto undiscovered facts about the Cunningham family and the enterprise that set the standard for Butlins, Pontins and other holiday camps that were to follow.

In the book Jil shows the links between living and working conditions in the early nineteenth century Liverpool and how these produced the philanthropic movement of which Joseph Cunningham was a part.

She has traced the Camp's origins back through her own family history to bread production in Paisley in Scotland, following the generations down to the family of bakers who sold bread to the boats. She follows the story from its beginnings before the 'Toxteth camping trips' in the 1890s, to the Camp's sale after the Second World War.

With over 150 illustrations, the book is packed with new information about Cunningham's and the rise of this 'major national phenomenon' called the holiday camp.



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A Manx Alphabet

A Manx Alphabet

5.00

Beautifully illustrated by Vicky Webb, this book is attractively designed to engage young children looking at their first books, whilst giving them a taste of Manx.

Although alphabet books are common for young children, this one published by Culture Vannin is uniquely of the Isle of Man, as it is in Manx!
The book's full-page illustrations begin with 'arran' (bread), 'bainney' (milk) and 'clag' (clock) and move through to V, W and Y (the Manx alphabet does not feature X and Z). The choice of words was made on the advice of the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh and others, with children and non-Manx-speaking adults in mind.

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Manx Phrases

Manx Phrases

10.00

This is a follow up book to the publication Manx Words. It provides the new speaker of Manx with a wide series of conversational phrases that cover a variety of different subjects.

The aim of the book is to help the reader develop their own conversational ability and to provide them with the confidence to talk about a wide variety of issues.
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Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s

Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s

14.99

Starting with a day trip by the author in 1970, this book covers the rest of the decade with visits in 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1979.

The Isle of Man was a fascinating place for a transport enthusiast, with the traditional Douglas Corporation buses, Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, the Manx Electric Railway and the IOM Steam Railway – not forgetting the Snaefell Mountain Railway and the lovely old Steam Packet Co. ships. These traditional ships were the main loss in later years, but other changes had also occurred prior to David’s final visit such as the loss of the Douglas Corporation buses livery (all buses now being under a ‘National’ fleetname) and the rationalisation of Douglas railway station.

With a range of interesting views and fascinating subject matter portrayed in 180 photographs, Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s will appeal both to those who have visited the island and general transport enthusiasts.
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The Story of the Isle of Man

The Story of the Isle of Man

7.99

This book was originally published in 1901 as an educational primer for schools. It sets out to tell the history of the Isle of Man and the Manx people. It shows in a clear and easily understood way how various peoples came to the Island to settle, how they lived in former times and what have been the most important changes in government, religion, laws and social conditions over the centuries. From the legendary and mythological past to the beginnings of the twentieth century, the Island’s history is uncovered and explained.

A descendant of Illiam Dhone, Arthur Moore was the founder of the Manx Language Society. He was a keen collector of Manx culture, language and folklore and Speaker of the House of Keys.
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Isle of Man at War 1939-45

Isle of Man at War 1939-45

12.99

This book presents the remarkable story of the Manx people, and their homeland, in the most destructive conflict of the twentieth century. Few people are now aware of the extraordinary role that this small island played in assisting the allied war effort. Yet for six years, a place best known for motorcycle racing and as a holiday playground became a heavily armed fortress. Hundreds of airmen, soldiers and sailors were trained in readiness for combat. Thousands of enemy aliens were imprisoned behind the barbed wire of its camps, alongside those of British birth who were deemed to be a threat to security. Top secret radar was developed, and the Island's merchant fleet played a vital role at Dunkirk and D-Day. On battlefields around the world, gallant Manxmen fought bravely, whilst at home, in spite of the pressures which total war brought to society, there was a perhaps surprising tolerance for those with pacifist beliefs. Likewise, though there was increased government control in almost all areas of life, these were times of great advancement for Manx democracy.

The story is told in the words of those who were there - some of these eyewitnesses speaking for the first time about their experiences, and among them the last survivors of that generation. Their accounts bring a freshness and immediacy to this remarkably vivid narrative.
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Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

18.95

How did seven different people, most of whom had never met before, come together to write the first ever book on Womens’ Internment in WW2?

They are members of Rushen Heritage Trust in the Isle of Man, and became fascinated by the remarkable people connected with the unique Rushen Womens’ Camp in 1940 - 45. How locals and internees lived together in the same houses, forming many friendships, some lifelong; how they were all encircled by a barbed wire perimeter, including shops, houses, schools and beaches; why most internees wanted Britain to win the War; their hopes, fears, courage, and enterprise; the unique gender situation - at times over 80% of the total population in the two seaside towns of Port Erin and Port St. Mary were female; how the Camp was run by Manx landladies, with light touch governance from police and civil servants.

Somehow, like the seven authors who soon became friends, but often engaged in animated debate, the locals and women internees - German/Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Germans and Austrians who had lived peacefully in Britain for many years, a minority of committed Nazis, Fascists - all managed to ""Rub along together". The question was, who was friend and who was foe?

The authors interviewed locals who still retained vivid memories of Camp W, found much new information on the under researched topic of WW2 Women’s Internment, and soon realised that the story addressed important universal themes of continuing relevance today namely, immigration, injustice, gender, tolerance, diversity, the nature of friendship, the ability to adapt to inequity and loss, and , most of all, the triumph of human values in difficult situations.


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Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2019 - December 2019


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My Year as Manx Bard

My Year as Manx Bard

9.95

Until now, there has been no book about the Manx Bard.

Promoting the Isle of Man by public appearances and through poetry, the Bard's job is varied and wide-ranging. During 2017-18, Sara Goodwins served as the fourth Manx Bard and has written this book describing the highs and lows of her bardic year. Like the time she was all geared up to go to an event which no-one had told her had been cancelled. Or nearly had the Bardic staff confiscated as a dangerous weapon. Or when she had to address the audience of The Gaiety Theatre from the stage. Or was invited to be an after-dinner speaker where half the audience had eaten so well they went to sleep.

The book has full-colour illustrations throughout of the inspirational Manx countryside, and contains some of the poems Sara wrote during her bardic year

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Manx Tholtans Volume 3

Manx Tholtans Volume 3

21.95

In his third photographic journey, Manx photographer and local historian Ray Kelly once again presents the reader with his uniquely attractive images of a time which is both long past and yet reverberates with nostalgia and familiarity.

Discover further Manx 'Tholtans' (a local word describing the ruins of old homes). The author's vivid mythologised stories of almost forgotten people and events add an extra layer of realism to these images which are alive with history.
find out more

Return to Isle of Man Transport

Return to Isle of Man Transport

30.00

This is the second book by Martin Jenkins and Charles Roberts about transport in the Isle of Man.

The first volume was described in Classic Bus as a "splendid book which takes you on a wonderfully nostalgic journey all round the island in lovely photographs" and covered the steam railway, shipping and Road Services buses.

This second volume, using many previously unpublished rare early colour pictures, completes the coverage by looking at the Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways, as well as the buses and horse trams of Douglas Corporation.

The authors have managed to collect together some truly interesting and often stunning pictures, from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was almost non-existent.
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Regional Tramways - Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland Post 1945

Regional Tramways - Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland Post 1945

25.00

In this book the author examines the history of the tramways in the Isle of Man, Ireland and Wales. With three different legislative frameworks, the history of the systems covered are very different ranging from the island's Douglas Bay Horse Tramway through to the new Luas system operating in Dublin.

Fully illustrated throughout with monochrome and colour illustrations and including the Douglas Horse Trams, Douglas Cable Tramway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway, this book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of trams both past and present in the British Isles.
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Best Selling Items

Official World War I Centenary of Armistice Day 50p Coin

Official World War I Centenary of Armistice Day 50p Coin

13.00

****WE REGRET BUT THIS ITEM IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT****


This special commemorative 50p coin is issued to mark the centenary of Armistice Day at the end of the First World War. The coin features red poppies and the image of the soldier from the Douglas war memorial.
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Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2019 - December 2019


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Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

19.99

This book presents a unique record of our intriguing Island with a stunning collection of photographs of the Isle of Man using the latest drone technology. It also features the Island's towns and villages as well as our historic landscape and industrial past.

The drone is able to visit remote places that are difficult to access, such as the abandoned mines at the back of Bradda Head. Flying over the towns, the drone reveals street layouts, hidden areas and, in Douglas, the dazzling array of Victorian terraces, something only really visible from the air.

All pictures are complemented with captions for each view with supporting text by local historian and broadcaster, Charles Guard.


find out more

The Isle of Man From the Air

The Isle of Man From the Air

14.99

The Isle of Man as you have never seen it before!

The Isle of Man has one of the world's most fascinating landscapes, shaped by the Ice Age, weathered by time and colured by human history. But much of this beautiful and dramatic scenery is rarely seen to its full advantage and can only be hinted at from ground level.

The recent innovations in the field of drone filming have enabled the qualified pilots at Duke Aerial Productions to explore the Isle of Man like never before - and to get even closer and more intimate to their subjects than ever before. The result is a beautiful and fascinating portrayal of the island, showing facets of the ‘gem of God’s earth’ which are new, even to those who have lived and worked on the land all of their lives.

Filmed throughout with the latest 4K technology available so you can enjoy incredible views of the Isle of Man from the comfort of your own home.
find out more

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

16.95

In this book, local transport author, Barry Edwards, tells the story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

Opened on 7 August 1876 and at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing, the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.

Through two World Wars, financial crises and declining passenger numbers the tramway in more recent times has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal. There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle.

Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.

find out more

Manx Fairy Bead Charm

Manx Fairy Bead Charm

24.00

This attractive manx Fairy Bead Charm is crafted from finest Sterling Silver 925

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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Shutter Speed Calendar 2019

Shutter Speed Calendar 2019

5.99

This calendar is the work of renowned TT photographer Dave Collister and captures 12 dramatic TT scenes. The calendar runs from January 2019 - December 2019


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Official Isle of Man 2018 Currency Coin Collection

Official Isle of Man 2018 Currency Coin Collection

29.95

For the year of 2018, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a new collection of circulating coins.

These designs offer a modern and up to date style whilst focusing on Manx and Isle of Man related landmarks, themes and traditions.

The currency designs have been completed on the following denominations; Five Pence, Ten Pence, Twenty Pence, Fifty Pence, One Pound, Two Pounds and Five Pounds.
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Return to Isle of Man Transport

Return to Isle of Man Transport

30.00

This is the second book by Martin Jenkins and Charles Roberts about transport in the Isle of Man.

The first volume was described in Classic Bus as a "splendid book which takes you on a wonderfully nostalgic journey all round the island in lovely photographs" and covered the steam railway, shipping and Road Services buses.

This second volume, using many previously unpublished rare early colour pictures, completes the coverage by looking at the Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways, as well as the buses and horse trams of Douglas Corporation.

The authors have managed to collect together some truly interesting and often stunning pictures, from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was almost non-existent.
find out more

In Douglas Bay 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

In Douglas Bay 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Two views of Douglas Bay, one taken in 1983 and the second in 1999.

Not suitable for under 36 months
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Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

18.95

How did seven different people, most of whom had never met before, come together to write the first ever book on Womens’ Internment in WW2?

They are members of Rushen Heritage Trust in the Isle of Man, and became fascinated by the remarkable people connected with the unique Rushen Womens’ Camp in 1940 - 45. How locals and internees lived together in the same houses, forming many friendships, some lifelong; how they were all encircled by a barbed wire perimeter, including shops, houses, schools and beaches; why most internees wanted Britain to win the War; their hopes, fears, courage, and enterprise; the unique gender situation - at times over 80% of the total population in the two seaside towns of Port Erin and Port St. Mary were female; how the Camp was run by Manx landladies, with light touch governance from police and civil servants.

Somehow, like the seven authors who soon became friends, but often engaged in animated debate, the locals and women internees - German/Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Germans and Austrians who had lived peacefully in Britain for many years, a minority of committed Nazis, Fascists - all managed to ""Rub along together". The question was, who was friend and who was foe?

The authors interviewed locals who still retained vivid memories of Camp W, found much new information on the under researched topic of WW2 Women’s Internment, and soon realised that the story addressed important universal themes of continuing relevance today namely, immigration, injustice, gender, tolerance, diversity, the nature of friendship, the ability to adapt to inequity and loss, and , most of all, the triumph of human values in difficult situations.


find out more

Ceramic Large Stretching Tortoiseshell Manx Cat

Ceramic Large Stretching Tortoiseshell Manx Cat

33.00

This Babbacombe Pottery Manx Cat ceramic ornament has been handmade from blending the clay, casting, fettling, sponging, kiln firing then handpainting and glazing and finally re-firing

Please note that due to the handpainting process, the markings on this Manx Cat may vary slightly from the markings shown in the image.
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Isle of Man at War 1939-45

Isle of Man at War 1939-45

12.99

This book presents the remarkable story of the Manx people, and their homeland, in the most destructive conflict of the twentieth century. Few people are now aware of the extraordinary role that this small island played in assisting the allied war effort. Yet for six years, a place best known for motorcycle racing and as a holiday playground became a heavily armed fortress. Hundreds of airmen, soldiers and sailors were trained in readiness for combat. Thousands of enemy aliens were imprisoned behind the barbed wire of its camps, alongside those of British birth who were deemed to be a threat to security. Top secret radar was developed, and the Island's merchant fleet played a vital role at Dunkirk and D-Day. On battlefields around the world, gallant Manxmen fought bravely, whilst at home, in spite of the pressures which total war brought to society, there was a perhaps surprising tolerance for those with pacifist beliefs. Likewise, though there was increased government control in almost all areas of life, these were times of great advancement for Manx democracy.

The story is told in the words of those who were there - some of these eyewitnesses speaking for the first time about their experiences, and among them the last survivors of that generation. Their accounts bring a freshness and immediacy to this remarkably vivid narrative.
find out more

Manx Tholtans Volume 3

Manx Tholtans Volume 3

21.95

In his third photographic journey, Manx photographer and local historian Ray Kelly once again presents the reader with his uniquely attractive images of a time which is both long past and yet reverberates with nostalgia and familiarity.

Discover further Manx 'Tholtans' (a local word describing the ruins of old homes). The author's vivid mythologised stories of almost forgotten people and events add an extra layer of realism to these images which are alive with history.
find out more

Isle of Man Outdoor Map

Isle of Man Outdoor Map

7.00

Printed on two sheets split into the North and South of the Island, this 1:25,000 (two and a half inches to one mile) map is an essential reference for walkers and mountain bikers. It shows footpaths, cycle routes and places open for public ramblage and other places of scenic interest. Well known walking routes such as Raad Ny Follan , the Millennium Way and Steam Heritage trail are all marked.

The maps are provided in a clear plastic wallet
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