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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

Douglas In Passing - A Love Story

Douglas In Passing - A Love Story

25.00

***PUBLICATION DATE: 2Oth NOVEMBER 2021****

This beautiful book includes over 65 splendid atmospheric and evocative paintings by Ian Coulson of surviving old buildings, streets and lanes around Douglas. These are then interwoven with 'historical interludes' by Valerie Cottle which take sideways glances at Douglas' history from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries recalling the secret life of the town, its buildings, people and stories.

The format is a generous landscape and printed on high-quality, slightly textured paper.

Proceeds from this book will be donated to the Isle of Man Woodland Trust to help accelerate local tree planting to help mitigate against climate change.




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Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

16.95

The author, Howard Parkin, is well known in Isle of Man astronomical circles and he presents in this book a lifetime of enthralling work. Beginning with an interest in astronomy as a small child, Howard has developed his knowledge and understanding to a level where he now rubs shoulders with many of the famous astronauts and stargazers of our time. This book acts as both a memoir and a tutorial guide and will be indispensable to anyone who studies the heavens from the Isle of Man and beyond, whether as an interested amateur or a dedicated professional, as the author generously shares his knowledge and experience.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with stunning colour images.
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Castletown Past and Present

Castletown Past and Present

13.95

Home to probably the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, Castletown today belies its history as a stronghold, former island capital and bustling port. There are surprises too. Castletown was once home to a world famous museum of magic and witchcraft. A local school is renowned for annually setting the world's most difficult quiz. Each year, the quiet town hosts the World Tin Bath Championship.

Much has changed, of course, but, as the photographs in this book show, it's often astonishing just how much has remained the same.
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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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Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2022

Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2022

Wrendale 'A Dog's Life' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Wrendale 'A Dog's Life' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

25.00

****NEW PRODUCT DUE TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER, 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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Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove

Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best Selling Items

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2022

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2022

Isle of Man - Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2022 Wall Calendar

Isle of Man -  Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2022 Wall Calendar

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2022 - A Retrospective

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2022 - A Retrospective

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

21.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2022

Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2022

Castletown Past and Present

Castletown Past and Present

13.95

Home to probably the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, Castletown today belies its history as a stronghold, former island capital and bustling port. There are surprises too. Castletown was once home to a world famous museum of magic and witchcraft. A local school is renowned for annually setting the world's most difficult quiz. Each year, the quiet town hosts the World Tin Bath Championship.

Much has changed, of course, but, as the photographs in this book show, it's often astonishing just how much has remained the same.
find out more

Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

16.95

The author, Howard Parkin, is well known in Isle of Man astronomical circles and he presents in this book a lifetime of enthralling work. Beginning with an interest in astronomy as a small child, Howard has developed his knowledge and understanding to a level where he now rubs shoulders with many of the famous astronauts and stargazers of our time. This book acts as both a memoir and a tutorial guide and will be indispensable to anyone who studies the heavens from the Isle of Man and beyond, whether as an interested amateur or a dedicated professional, as the author generously shares his knowledge and experience.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with stunning colour images.
find out more

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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Wrendale Dogs Ballpoint Pen

Wrendale Dogs Ballpoint Pen

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

21.99

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.
find out more

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.
find out more

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.
find out more

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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Manx Tholtans Volume 1

Manx Tholtans Volume 1

26.00

In this first photographic essay, photographer and local historian Ray Kelly visits some of the island's hidden 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes).

Second Edition.
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