Christ Church, Barbados
|Independence||November 30, 1966|
|• Type||Parliamentary democracy|
|• Parliamentry seats||5|
|• Total||57 km2 (22 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Density||950/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern Caribbean (UTC-4)|
|Area code||+1 (246)|
The parish of Christ Church is one of eleven historic political divisions of Barbados. It has a land area of 57 km2 (22 sq mi) and is found at the southern end of the island. Christ Church has survived by name as one of the original six parishes created in 1629 by Governor Sir William Tufton.
The parish contains the Sir Grantley Adams International Airport as well as the last remaining mangrove swamp in the country, the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. Under Barbados's historic vestry, the main parish church was originally seated near Dover. After it and the courtyard were destroyed by flood in 1669, the main parish church moved to Oistins area, becoming the main town and former capital of the parish.
Another notable area of Christ Church is Saint Lawrence Gap, which is the most lively tourist area on the island. Many of the taverns and clubs in St. Lawrence are frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Towns, villages, and hamlets
- Atlantic Shores
- Below Rock
- Blue Waters
- Boarded Hill
- Cave Hill
- Cane Vale
- Chancery Lane
- Earling Grove
- Earling Park
- Elizabeth Park
- Fairy Valley Rock
- Frere Pilgrim
- Gall Hill
- Gibbons Boggs
- Grame Hall
- Green Garden
- Inch Marlowe
- Keizer Hill
- Kendal Hill
- Lead Vale
- Lodge Road
- Marine Gardens
- Maxwell Coast
- Maxwell Hill
- Navy Gardens
- Newtown Terrace
- Parish Land
- Pilgrim Place
- Pilgrim Road
- Rendezvous Hill
- Regency Park
- Sargeants Village
- Sayes Court
- Searles Factory
- Searles Tenantry
- Sheraton Park
- Silver Hill
- Silver Sands
- Skeenes Hill
- St. Davids
- St. Lawrence
- St. Mathias
- St. Patricks
- Staple Grove
- Thornbury Hill
- Top Rock
Parishes bordering Christ Church
with St. George: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Philip and Christ Church and proceeding in a generally westerly and south-westerly direction along Highway 5 to its junction at South District with the unclassified road leading to Edgerton and Staple Grove; then in a southerly direction along this road to its junction about 250 metres south of the entrance to Edgerton Plantation with a track; then in a westerly direction along this track for approximately 750 metres to its junction with another track; then in a northerly direction along this track for about 100 metms to the junction with another track, then in a westerly direction along this track for about 500 metres to its junction with another track; then along this track in a southerly direction for about 30 metres to its junction with another track; then for approximately 200 metres along this track to the junction with another track. This is the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, Christ Church and St. Michael. This point is marked by a monument.
with St. Michael: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael, and Christ Church and proceeding in a southerly direction along the plantation track and the boundary between the residential development called Fort George Heights and the Kent House residential development to the junction of the boundary with the public road called Highway R; then in a westerly direction along Highway R to its junction at Wildey with the Airport to West Coast Highway; then in a southerly direction along this Highway to its merging at Clapham with the public road called Highway 6; then in a north-westerly direction along Highway 6 to its junction with the public road called Observatory Road; then in a southerly direction along Observatory Road to its junction with the public road called Fordes Road, then in a south-westerly, north-westerly and northerly direction along Fordes Road, Bonnett’s Road and Brittons New Road to its junction with Dalkeith Hill; then in a westerly direction along Dalkeith Hill to its junction with Deighton Road; then in a generally southerly direction along Deighton Road to its junction with Dayrells Road; then in a south-westerly, north-westerly and westerly direction along Dayrells Road to its junction at the Garrison with Dalkeith Road; then in a generally south-westerly direction along Dalkeith Road to its junction with the public road called Highway 7; then directly across Highway 7 and continuing in a south-westerly direction along the road leading to Gravesend Beach and directly to the sea.
with St. Philip: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Philip and Christ Church and proceeding in an easterly direction along Highway 5 to its junction at Brereton with an unclassified road; then in a southerly direction along this road to its junction with what was once the old railway line but is now an unclassified road; then in an easterly direction along this road to its junction at Carrington Sugar Factory with another unclassified road: then in a south-easterly and southerly direction to its junction with another unclassified road; then in an easterly direction along this road to its junction north of Woodboume Plantation yard with an unclassified road leading into the plantation yard; then in a southerly and south-easterly direction (through the plantation yard) along this road to its junction with the public road called Highway 6; then directly across Highway 6 to continue along the unclassified road in a generally south-easterly direction to merge into the public road at Walronds and then continue in a generally easterly direction along the unclassified road to its junction with the unclassified road leading to Hopefield Plantation; then in a southerly direction along this road (with an eastward diversion around the buildings) to its junction west of the Airport Radar Station with another unclassified road; then eastwards along this road to its junction, east of the Airport Radar Station, with another unclassified road; then in a southerly direction along this road to its junction at Spencers with the public road called Highway 7; then in an easterly and north-easterly direction along Highway 7 to its junction with a track to the west of Rock Hall Village; then in a south-easterly, easterly and southerly direction along this track to a point on the cliff edge to the east of the Airport boundary fence (monument B.17); then in a southerly direction to the sea.
The Barbados Civil Aviation Department has its head office on the property of Grantley Adams International Airport. The District A & C Court maintains a seat in Saint Matthias, and the District B Court in Oistins. The Royal Barbados Police Force maintains posts located as Hastings, and Worthings; and the Barbados Postal Service at Oistins and Worthings.
- Christ Church-East includes Fairy Valley and Providence.
- Christ Church-East Central includes Kingsland
- Christ Church-South includes St. Lawrence and Oistins
- Christ Church-West includes Rendezvous Hill
- Christ Church-West Central includes Sargeant’s Village
- Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives, lived in Christ Church with her maternal grandmother for a large part of her childhood.
- Doug E. Fresh, the famous beatboxer and rapper (prominent in the 80's and 90's) was born here.
- Jaicko Lawrence, contemporary pop music singer/songwriter.
- Jefferson Jones (1954- ), born at Christ Church before moving to England where he played cricket for Berkshire.
The primary roads in Christ Church to the rest of the island all originate in the Parish of St. Michael and include: the ABC Highway, H5, H6, and H7. There is also a number of public service vehicles which serve Christ Church.
Barbados's primary airport, Grantley Adams International Airport, at Seawell.
The town of Oistins once housed a submarine and Coast Guard station. A jetty facility is also located for fisher-folk to unload seafood at the Oistins market and an offshore mooring is available for fuel delivery for the island.
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- Barbados Parliament: The defined Parish area borders of Christ Church
- "PERSONNEL LICENSING ADVISORY CIRCULAR BCAD Document PLAC-06." Barbados Civil Aviation Department. 3 of 13. Retrieved on 13 January 2011. "This PLAC can be purchased from the Barbados Civil Aviation Department, Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church, Barbados or downloaded from the BCAD website at ."
- "About Us - Company Information on REDjet." REDjet. Retrieved on April 13, 2011. "Its corporate offices are situated in Grantley International Airport in Barbados[...]"