Our History


When Manx Engineers moved to Ramsey there was a lot of local interest in the future of the premises. Some felt it should be acquired by Manx National Heritage to create an interpretation centre for Laxey Wheel and the village’s mining history.

As time marched on and the premises lay empty, the Clague family decided to buy the property.  It wasn’t required by their main business, but it was bought in order to keep it available for local use, if possible.  We could see there was the Laxey Wheel but there was nothing else for visitors.

The old café that used to be there burnt down years ago and we could see the old mill as a heritage centre and tearooms.

The Salmon Lake Centre and Ballacregga Corn Mill is close to Laxey Wheel. It is a far cry from the industrial use made of the buildings for the past 60 years, when it was occupied by Manx Engineers Ltd.

The company transferred to Ramsey in 2009 and the building was purchased by Stewart and Barbara Clague, directors of Manx building services firm SCS (Stewart Clague Services). We worked flat-out to convert the former factory complex into a Tea Room, restaurant and conference, exhibition centre that complements the famous Lady Isabella.

The Salmon Lake Centre and Ballacregga Corn Mill is open seven days a week throughout the year.