It is largely an agricultural district on the north-north-western coast of the island but also has an industrial park on the old RAF Jurby Airfield. It is home to the Isle of Man's new prison, which opened in Summer 2008.
The airfield - Jurby Airfield – was originally used as a Royal Air Force training base in World War II. During the 1950's it was used as a training camp for Officer cadets on short term commissions in the RAF. The course lasted 3 months. Part is now used as an industrial and retail estate. The old runways and taxiways now form the Jurby motorcycle race track.
Jurby is also the site of the new Isle of Man Prison (capacity: 138 cells), which began receiving inmates in August 2008. Apart from men, the prison will also be taking juveniles and women. Extensive facilities appropriate for a modern prison are available on site, including sports and education facilities as well as a working medical facility.
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