Web Info - image - Holetown Chattel House IMG 1732One of the four major towns of Bar­ba­dos, Hole­town was the area where the first Eng­lish Set­tlers landed. It is said that they were blown off-​course en-​route to South Amer­ica. They erected a fort which they called ‘€œPlan­ta­tion Fort’€, now the loca­tion of the Hole­town Police sta­tion. It was orig­i­nally called James town, named after King James I of Eng­land. How­ever, it became more pop­u­larly known as Hole­town. Some say this name was derived from the off load­ing and clean­ing of ships in the very small chan­nel located within the imme­di­ate vicin­ity of the town, while it was also said that the river at this site reminded the sailors of ‘€œthe hole’€ on the river Thames. This land­ing is com­mem­o­rated every year at Hole­town Fes­ti­val.

Hole­town Monument

The Hole­town Mon­u­ment com­mem­o­rates the first Eng­lish land­ing in Bar­ba­dos, marked when Cap­tain John Pow­ell arrived here in 1625 and claimed the island on behalf of King James I. It is in the shape of an obelisk and it was part of the 300th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the dis­cov­ery of Bar­ba­dos in 1905. It is inter­est­ing to note that this mon­u­ment has the date of 1605 as the year of dis­cov­ery, although a plaque was placed at the base of the mon­u­ment in 1975 cor­rect­ing this date to 1625.

St. James Parish Church

images3 2This Angli­can Church is one of the four old­est sur­viv­ing churches in Bar­ba­dos. Built in 1628, the first set­tlers to Bar­ba­dos built this church orig­i­nally as a wooden struc­ture. St. James Parish Church was later replaced with a coral and lime­stone struc­ture after a 1675 hurricane.

One of this church’€™s unique fea­tures is its orig­i­nal bell– the old­est in Bar­ba­dos. No longer in oper­a­tion after a fall in 1881, it was sent to Eng­land to be restored, and retained in the church as a mon­u­ment. An inter­est­ing fact is that this bell pre­dates the Amer­i­can Lib­erty Bell by 56 years. This bell is also inscribed with the words ‘€œGod bless King William– 1696′€. Over the course of the years in the 1980s and 90s, there has been con­sid­er­able work done in the restora­tion of the building.

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Hole­town Fes­ti­val
His­tory Of Bar­ba­dos
Cur­rent Edi­tion of Caribbean Dreams Magazine

Arti­cle © Caribbean Dreams Mag­a­zine
Photo #1 © Caribbean Dreams Mag­a­zine
Photo #2 sourced from Bar­ba­dos Tourism Author­ity — UK

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