Peel is the Bol for Sheading Glenfaba and German Parish, and the second largest town on Man. It is the administrative center of the northern half of the Island. The name Peel is actually given to the town by the English. The locals know it in its viking name “Holmtown”, or by its manx name “Purt ny h-Inshey”.
Today, Peel lies on the west coast of the Isle of Mann, but the origins of the town begins with the construction in 550 of St. Germain Church on St. Patrick’s Island. The Tower of Stuama was built on the isle around 940 and In the 11th century, the Viking Kings built a formidable castle on the tiny island to protect its churches and the Tower of Stuama.
As the church and castle grew in importance, a town began to grow on the main island across from the eastern shore of St. Patricks Island. The river Neb crosses through town, and gives shelter to ships. Many of the naval forces of the kings of Man are docked in the towns piers.
Peel, with its flat sandy beaches, is a popular seaside destination for nobles and diplomats in summer, so it has some inns and taverns, as well as luxury hotels, but the main industries in the town are fishing, trading and shipbuilding.
Thorbrand Finnsson – High Priest of Odin for Man