Saint John Figtree Parish
|Saint John Figtree|
|Country||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Area||22 km2 (8 sq mi)|
|Population||2,922 (2001 est.)|
|Density||132.82 / km2 (344 / sq mi)|
Saint John Figtree is one of 5 administrative parishes which make up the island of Nevis, and which in turn are part of the 14 parishes within the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The parish capital is Church Ground. The parish church was the place where the registration of the marriage between young Nevisian plantation family widow Frances Nisbet and Horatio Nelson was carried out in 1787, when Nelson was a young sea captain.
The village of Bath is at the northwestern end of this parish, just south of Charlestown. Nearby is the Bath Hotel, which is now government offices, but which was originally (1778) the first tourist hotel and spa in the West Indies. Also nearby is Government House. The parish is unique in St Kitts and St Nevis as being the only parish that does not admit women to its parish council.
Other villages within this parish are: Brown Hill, Prospect, Pembroke, Fig Tree, Brown Pasture, Cole Hill, Beach Road, and Pond Hill. The Nevis Botanical Garden is fairly centrally located in the parish, as is the hotel, Montpelier Plantation Inn.
At the southernmost part of the parish is the Nevis deep water port. Most of the coastline of this parish consists of small cliffs and small beaches, many of which are not easily accessible.
- ORDNANCE SURVEY, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, 1984, Nevis, with part of St. Christopher (Saint Kitts). Series E803 (D.O.S. 343), Sheet NEVIS, Edition 5 O.S.D. 1984. Reprinted in 1995, published by the Government of the United Kingdom (Ordnance Survey) for the Government of Saint Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis.
- ROBINSON, DAVID & JENNIFER LOWERY (Editors), 2000. The natural history of the island of Nevis. Nevis Historical and Conservation Society Press, Ithaca, New York.
- HUBBARD, VINCENT K., 2002. Swords, ships, and sugar: a history of Nevis, Premiere Editions, Corvallis, Oregon. 5th Edition.
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