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New Products:
  1. Felicity Wood 3 Legs Mug
  2. For the Love of Fire
  3. Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove
  4. Wrendale 'Country Set' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
  5. Manx Transport Review No 99 (Spring/Summer 2021)
  6. Rails Across the Isle of Man in the 1950s
  7. Birkenhead Tramcar Manufacturers 1859 - 1913
  8. Prison Governor's Journal
  9. Steam Packet 190
  10. Wrendale Mantel Clock - Hare
  11. Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air
  12. The Isle of Man - 25 Years of Business Excellence
  13. Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway
  14. Motorcycles, Mates and Memories: Recalling Sixty Years of Fun in British Motorcycle Sport
  15. Peel Past and Present
  16. Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD
  17. Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes
  18. Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Welcome To:   The Lexicon Bookshop

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 is a traditional and friendly independent family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there is a wide range of books in print covering all aspects of life past and present in our beautiful island. In addition, there is an extensive range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, 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 and jigsaw puzzles. In addition we are an agent for Wrendale Designs by the hugely talented Hannah Dale.

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

Felicity Wood 3 Legs Mug

Felicity Wood 3 Legs Mug

7.99

Presented in a matching design gift box.
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For the Love of Fire

For the Love of Fire

12.99

Murders, riots and rescues are only part of the unique memoirs shared by retired Station Officer Colin Kirkham. Destined to be an arsonist or firefighter he took the legal route to fulfill his passion to 'Dance with the Angels', collecting a lifetime of memories along the way.

This biography follows Colin's journey from probation to retirement, where he 'battles the beast' in two entirely different fire services (Tyne and Wear and the Isle of Man), whilst attending some exceptional incidients not normally encountered by firefighters. Adding an extra dimension to his career, he also spent time as a Special Constable on the Isle of Man.

Recollecting notable fire and police incidents, including a serial killer loose in the community and a devastating motorcycle crash during the TT Races, the stories are told with honesty, emotion and a good dose of humour.
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Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove

Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove

Wrendale 'Country Set' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Wrendale 'Country Set' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

25.00

****NEW PRODUCT DUE TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER, 2021****
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Manx Transport Review No 99 (Spring/Summer 2021)

Manx Transport Review No 99 (Spring/Summer 2021)

6.99

This latest edition (published July 21) covers all the latest news from the Manx Electric Railway, Douglas Horse Tramway, Snaefell Mountain Railway and other forms of Isle of Man transport. There is also the usual selection of historical features.
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Rails Across the Isle of Man in the 1950s

Rails Across the Isle of Man in the 1950s

9.99

The 1950s was probably the final decade in which the glorious transport heritage of the Isle of Man of the golden age was to be experienced. The decline in the island as a holiday destination from the early 1960s, as its traditional market discovered the summer sun of the Mediterranean, compounded the gradual deterioration in the finances of all of the operators. By the early 1970s, the steam railway had been reduced effectively to a service linking Douglas and Port Erin.

During the 1950s enthusiasts made their way to the island to record its historic transport scene. More than six decades on, these views are now as historic as the lines and equipment that they recorded. Featuring some 60 images, the vast majority of which are believed to be unpublished, this book is a pictorial journey through the superb transport heritage that once served the island.
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Birkenhead Tramcar Manufacturers 1859 - 1913

Birkenhead Tramcar Manufacturers 1859 - 1913

15.00

Many people in the Wirral know that Birkenhead had the first tramway in the British |sles but very few realise that they had the first tramway factory in the country, a business that continued from 1860 until just before the First World War.

The book is generously illustrated throughout with over 100 original black & white and over 70 colour images and is the result of over 35 years research by the author. It records the story of the tramcar manufacture in the town which made over 3,500 tramcars, many for export overseas. Amongst the Birkenhead firsts was the manufacture by George F Milnes & Co of the first interurban type electric trams for the Isle of Man in 1893.
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Prison Governor's Journal

Prison Governor's Journal

17.99

Prisons in England and Wales have weathered a succession of crises since 1947. The author considers the impact of cell overcrowding and regime destruction on both staff and prisoners. He argues that the consequential inability to reduce re-offending generates continuing threats to public safety.

Drawing on his decades of service as a Governor at various Prison's throughout the British Isles, Manxman Brendan O'Friel explores some "unanswered questions" arising from the chronic prison crises. He provides insights into life within the seven penal establishments in which he served including the "explosion of evil" (his story of the 1990 Strangeways riot).

He was involved in the formation of the Prison Governors Association in 1987 and describes the work of the Association to influence and improve penal policy and practice.

The 2020 Covid 19 Pandemic has added substantially to the prisons crisis but the author suggests it may also offer a surprising opportunity for radical change.

Born in the Isle of Man, Brendan O'Friel was educated at Stonyhurst College and Liverpool University. He joined the Prison Service in 1963 as an Assistant Governor and served at Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, Manchester Prison, Onley Borstal Recall Centre, Preston Prison and Birmingham Prisons. He was appointed to take charge of Featherstone Prison, near Wolverhampton in 1980 and became Governor of Strangeways in 1986. His final command was Risley Prison near Warrington from 1990-1995. In addition, he served in a number of posts at Regional Office and Headquarters. Between 1977 and 1984, he was Chairman of the Governors representative organisation and was elected Chairman of the Prison Governors Association in 1990, a post he held until 1995. Since retirement, he has returned to live on the Isle of Man. He has been Chair of the North West Rail Passengers Committee and a founder member of Travel Watch Isle of Man.


Illustrated throughout with photographs, verse, drawings and cartoons, this book captures the realities of the prison crisis.
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Steam Packet 190

Steam Packet 190

18.95

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830. Today the company carries some 600,000 passengers annually, 170,000 cars and is the Island’s lifeline for freight.

This book includes a history of the company year by year, including the takeover over of the operation by the Isle of Man Government in 2019 and details of the new purpose-built flag ship to be introduced in 2023.
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Wrendale Mantel Clock - Hare

Wrendale Mantel Clock - Hare

Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

18.00

Craig Goffin is a licensed drone pilot and photographer living and working in the Isle of Man. His stunning, colourful images will take you on a journey through our beautiful land. Lush green meadows, forests and glens, where trees look like fireworks when viewed from above, and the blue waters of Man highlight the versatility of drone photography. See our spectacular ancient landscapes, modern townscapes and the rugged azure coastline. The Isle of Man really is a sparkling gem in the Irish Sea.
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The Isle of Man - 25 Years of Business Excellence

The Isle of Man - 25 Years of Business Excellence

25.00

This luxury hardback book has been published to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 'Isle of Man Portfolio' magazine. It is a beautiful 180-page book charting the growth of the Isle of Man economy through the words of some of the Island’s most eminent and influential figures.

Contributors include Howard Quayle, Laurence Skelly, Sir Miles Walker, Nadene Crowther, Dick Welsh, Terry Liddiard, Chris Hall, Jerry Linehan, Terry Groves and Brian Kelly with the foreword by His Excellency The Lieutenant Governor.
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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefell’s summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.

This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.
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Motorcycles, Mates and Memories: Recalling Sixty Years of Fun in British Motorcycle Sport

Motorcycles, Mates and Memories: Recalling Sixty Years of Fun in British Motorcycle Sport

16.99

Bill Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in this entertaining, motorcycle-themed autobiography. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterised his 70-odd years iliving the dream, from the early days at Arthur Lavington's Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden. Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but, he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a despatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man. A great read for anyone interested in British motorcycle sports.

Author Biography: Bill Snelling was unexpectedly born in Tunbridge Wells to a Maidstone family for whom a motorcycle combination was a way of life. He went to work at Arthur Lavington's Velo shop at the age of 15, getting a thorough grounding in all things Veloce, including the LE (which he hated!). Bill rode long-distance trails (mainly on Velo) with a fair degree of success, then branched into racing, also Velo-mounted. Bill has now written several books on the TT, worked as a columnist for Motorcycle Weekly, and is a photo archivist and TT/MGP historian. He has lived on the Isle of Man for over 40 years, is married, and tries to relive his motorcycling youth at every opportunity!
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Peel Past and Present

Peel Past and Present

13.95

Peel is one of the oldest Manx towns and also one of the most dependent on the sea. Fishing has shaped Peel with a great many of the inhabitants having some connexion with the industry. Even today Peel boasts the largest fishing fleet in the Irish Sea. But the story doesn't end there. When holidaymakers discovered the Isle of Man, Peel's majestic castle, picturesque winding streets and bustling port drew fascinated visitors.

The book is illustrated throughout with old photographs drawn from the postcards that visitors used to send home. These together with the book's present day images enable the reader to visually see the comparisons between the present day and days gone by. Much has of course changed, but it's often surprising how much has remained the same.

The book is supplemented with additional material from George Hobbs and Sara Goodwins

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Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD

Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD

16.99

The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage which lives on to this day in which Victorian steam locomotives hauled passenger trains and Victorian tramcars. These have barely changed in appearance since they first ran, but their story has not all been plain sailing.

In the middle of the 20th century railways and trams were seen as old and obsolete and it seemed likely that both passengers and goods would turn to road transport, causing the trains and trams to disappear. Happily that was not to be! The railways (the trams running on the Manx Electric Railway and the trains on the Isle of Man Railway) reinvented themselves and became a tourist attraction in their own right after two difficult decades. Those troublesome years are the subject of this DVD, with story beginning in 1956 and continuing until the dawn of the 1970s.

In full colour archive footage this DVD shows the steam train services at their peak, serving Port Erin in the south as well as Peel and Ramsey from Douglas along the western and northern coast. Also the trams running along the eastern coast to Ramsey from Douglas and from a junction at Laxey, up to the summit of Snaefell. Rare footage includes shunting and goods traffic at St Johns in 1956, the Ramsey North line, County Donegal railcars and the Queen’s coaches.

The narrative records the history of all of these lines in those turbulent times and illustrates the last days of their independence and the period when the Marquess of Ailsa sought to reinvigorate the steam railway.

With original archive views of red and green steam locomotives and trams of many colours and, of course, the famous horse trams of Douglas Promenade which carried on regardless, these are the Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man.

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Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes

Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes

10.00

Now old technology, the ubiquitous red telephone box is seen as a quaint and quintessentially British icon by visitors from overseas. The Isle of Man has some remarkable examples of traditional and more contemporary phone kiosks, many of them in stunning locations. Documenting the twilight years of the public phone box, this book will delight everyone who loves the Manx landscape and lifestyle, and especially those with personal memories of the Island’s phone boxes.
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Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

9.99




Formed in 1913 and based in the Isle of Man, the Ramsey Steam Ship Company had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The names of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with 'Ben' meaning girl, woman or lady in Manx Gaelic and they became known affectionately as the 'Ben-boats'.

In this book, drawing on his wealth of previously unpublished photographs, the author tells a personal story of not only its history , but his own unique involvement and association with this fine company, and of many of the conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served in it, during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.
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Best Selling Items

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

8.99

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger map provides all the information you need to get to know the Island, whether you are a visitor or a local resident. This latest edition also includes an access code to download the map onto your smartphone or tablet.
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Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2022

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2022

Isle of Man Short Walks Southern Section

Isle of Man Short Walks Southern Section

4.95

Prepared by the Manx Footpath Conservation Group, this book covers walks across the South of the Isle of Man.. The book is illustrated in full colour with maps and photographs and the routes featured will take you to places on the Island not seen easily by the casual visitor
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Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

12.95

With parliamentary traditions introduced by the Vikings, the Isle of Man was the first country to give women the vote. Much of its public transport hasn't changed since Victoria was on the throne, yet the island is the fifth in the space race. Famed for its motorcycle racing and tailless cats, it's still traditional to greet people when crossing the Fairy Bridge.

In the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of man has been drawn into the politics of the surrounding islands, yet maintains its own traditions, language and way of life.

It is this proud history of the Manx and their island which this book celebrates.
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Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD

Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD

16.99

The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage which lives on to this day in which Victorian steam locomotives hauled passenger trains and Victorian tramcars. These have barely changed in appearance since they first ran, but their story has not all been plain sailing.

In the middle of the 20th century railways and trams were seen as old and obsolete and it seemed likely that both passengers and goods would turn to road transport, causing the trains and trams to disappear. Happily that was not to be! The railways (the trams running on the Manx Electric Railway and the trains on the Isle of Man Railway) reinvented themselves and became a tourist attraction in their own right after two difficult decades. Those troublesome years are the subject of this DVD, with story beginning in 1956 and continuing until the dawn of the 1970s.

In full colour archive footage this DVD shows the steam train services at their peak, serving Port Erin in the south as well as Peel and Ramsey from Douglas along the western and northern coast. Also the trams running along the eastern coast to Ramsey from Douglas and from a junction at Laxey, up to the summit of Snaefell. Rare footage includes shunting and goods traffic at St Johns in 1956, the Ramsey North line, County Donegal railcars and the Queen’s coaches.

The narrative records the history of all of these lines in those turbulent times and illustrates the last days of their independence and the period when the Marquess of Ailsa sought to reinvigorate the steam railway.

With original archive views of red and green steam locomotives and trams of many colours and, of course, the famous horse trams of Douglas Promenade which carried on regardless, these are the Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man.

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Notebook Wallet: Zoology Collection

Notebook Wallet: Zoology Collection

Three Legs Charm Bead

Three Legs Charm Bead

24.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs Bead Charm has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop and is presented in a black velvet pouch

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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Isle of Man TT Calendar 2022 - A Retrospective

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2022 - A Retrospective

Prison Governor's Journal

Prison Governor's Journal

17.99

Prisons in England and Wales have weathered a succession of crises since 1947. The author considers the impact of cell overcrowding and regime destruction on both staff and prisoners. He argues that the consequential inability to reduce re-offending generates continuing threats to public safety.

Drawing on his decades of service as a Governor at various Prison's throughout the British Isles, Manxman Brendan O'Friel explores some "unanswered questions" arising from the chronic prison crises. He provides insights into life within the seven penal establishments in which he served including the "explosion of evil" (his story of the 1990 Strangeways riot).

He was involved in the formation of the Prison Governors Association in 1987 and describes the work of the Association to influence and improve penal policy and practice.

The 2020 Covid 19 Pandemic has added substantially to the prisons crisis but the author suggests it may also offer a surprising opportunity for radical change.

Born in the Isle of Man, Brendan O'Friel was educated at Stonyhurst College and Liverpool University. He joined the Prison Service in 1963 as an Assistant Governor and served at Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, Manchester Prison, Onley Borstal Recall Centre, Preston Prison and Birmingham Prisons. He was appointed to take charge of Featherstone Prison, near Wolverhampton in 1980 and became Governor of Strangeways in 1986. His final command was Risley Prison near Warrington from 1990-1995. In addition, he served in a number of posts at Regional Office and Headquarters. Between 1977 and 1984, he was Chairman of the Governors representative organisation and was elected Chairman of the Prison Governors Association in 1990, a post he held until 1995. Since retirement, he has returned to live on the Isle of Man. He has been Chair of the North West Rail Passengers Committee and a founder member of Travel Watch Isle of Man.


Illustrated throughout with photographs, verse, drawings and cartoons, this book captures the realities of the prison crisis.
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Bee Flower Jug

Bee Flower Jug

Isle of Man Coast, Countryside and Churches

Isle of Man Coast, Countryside and Churches

9.95

This book is for those who want to experience the great wealth of countryside and coastal walks but with the added benefit of visiting interesting and historic churches and chapels, some dating back over hundreds or thousands of years.

The 22 walks described here with detailed maps will take you through the many different landscapes of the Island - valleys, glens, open moorland, idyllic rural landscapes, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. It includes walks exploring the heritage of our principal towns. The walks vary from 2 to 11 miles and are easily accessible by car or bus.

If you are looking to explore the Isle of Man and see some wonderful and unique churches and chapels that tell stories about its history and social development this book is for you.
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Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefell’s summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.

This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.
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Manx Tholtans Volume 2

Manx Tholtans Volume 2

19.95

****SORRY, VOLUME 2 IS NOW OUT OF PRINT AND UNAVAILABLE****

In this second photographic essay, photographer and local historian Ray Kelly revisits more hidden 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes). This new work is further complemented by some of the author's colourful retelling of local stories and fables.

The author's passion for his subject matter shines through as these incredibly photogenic buildings, most of which are well off the beaten track, offer a glimpse of genuine Manx culture and heritage from times that are fast disappearing into history.
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