Saint Michael, Barbados
|• Type||Parliamentary democracy|
|• Parliamentry seats||11|
|• Total||39 km2 (15 sq mi)|
|Population (2008 est.)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)|
The parish of St. Michael is one of eleven parishes of Barbados. It has a land area of 39 km² and is found at the south-west portion of the island. Saint Michael has survived by name as one of the original six parishes created in 1629 by Governor Sir William Tufton.
The parish is home to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. Bridgetown is the center of commercial activity in Barbados, as well as a central hub for the public transport network. Other major infrastructure in St. Michael is the international seaport of Barbados—the Deep Water Harbour. Therein, a number of cruise ships arrive and depart including various lines such as Royal Caribbean and Cunard. The harbour features several sugar towers for loading locally produced sugar into transport ships, and a tower for loading flour for transport.
Under Barbados' historic vestry system, the main parish church (St. Michael's Cathedral) is seated along St. Michael's Row in Bridgetown. This cathedral replaced the former parish church that was formerly located at the site of St. Mary's Church. St. Michael's Cathedral's was elevated to its cathedral status under Bishop Coleridge who arrived in Barbados in 1825 under the then newly established Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands.
Parishes bordering Saint Michael
with Christ Church: – Starts from the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael, and Christ Church and proceeds southerly along the plantation track and the boundary between the residential developments called Fort George Heights and Kent House to the boundary junction with public road called Highway R. Then it moves westerly along Highway R to its junction at Wildey with the Airport to West Coast Highway. Then it goes southerly along the Highway to merge at Clapham with the public road called Highway 6, then go north-westerly along Highway 6 to its junction with the public Observatory Road, then moves southerly along Observatory Road to its junction with the public Fordes Road. Then moving south-westerly, north-westerly and northerly along Fordes Road, Bonnett’s Road and Brittons New Road to its junction with Dalkeith Hill, then westerly along Dalkeith Hill to its junction with Deighton Road; then in a generally southerly direction along Deighton Road to its junction with Dayrells Road. Along Dayrells Road in a south-westerly, north-westerly and westerly direction to its junction with Dalkeith Road at the Garrison, then continuing along Dalkeith Road generally south-westerly to its junction with the public road 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. George: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael, and Christ Church and proceeding in a westerly and northerly direction along the plantation track to its junction at lower Birneys with the public road Highway 5; then westerly along Highway 5 to its junction at Mapp Hill and the public road Haynes Hill.
Then northerly along Haynes Hill and Pasture Road to its junction with Monroe Road; then in a westerly direction along Monroe Road to its junction with Salters Tenantry Road, moving along it in a northerly, then westerly then northerly direction to its junction at Salters with the public road Highway 4; then south-westerly along Highway 4 to its junction with a public road called Highway X; moving north-easterlyalong Highway X to its junction with an unclassified road; then in a generally north-westerly then northerly direction along to its junction with the public road leading from the Belle Road to Charles Rowe Bridge; then in a westerly direction to its junction with the unclassified road leading to Lower Estate; then in a generally north-easterly direction along this road (so as to pass to the east of the factory yard) to its junction with a track to the north of the factory yard; then in a north-westerly direction along this track to join an unclassified road and along this road to its junction at Dayrells with the public road called Highway 3; then in a north-easterly direction along Highway 3 to its junction with Cole Road at Bourne; then in a northerly direction along this road to the culvert where it crosses a gully; then along this gully in a south-westerly, north-westerly and north-easterly to a point opposite Applewhaites Tenantry Road; then along the line joining this point to the road junction and north-westerly along Applewhaites Tenantry Road to its junction with a public road called Highway E. This is the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael, and St. Thomas.
with St. James: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. James, St. Thomas, and St. Michael and proceeding generally westwards along the public road called Clermont Road to its junction with the public road called Husbands Road;
then in a southerly direction along this road to its junction with University Drive; then in a westerly and southerly direction along University Drive to the center of the roundabout at the intersection of this road and Highway 1; then in a north-westerly direction along Highway 1 to a point just south of its junction with an unclassified road called Batt's Rock Road; then from this point in a straight line (bearing 263°07'21") through a monument (B. 18) to the sea.
with St. Thomas: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. Thomas, St. George, and St. Michael and proceeding along Highway E in a south-westerly direction to the junction with the public road running from Canewood to Jackson; then in a westerly, northerly and north-westerly direction to the junction at Jackson with the public road called Highway 2; then in a south-westerly direction along this road to the center of the roundabout at its junction at Warrens with the Airport to West Coast Highway; then in a north-westerly direction along this Highway to the center of the roundabout which is its junction with the public road called Highway 2A; then in a northerly direction along this road to the meeting point of the parishes of St. Thomas, St. James, and St. Michael.
- City of Bridgetown
- Saint Michael-Central
- Saint Michael-East
- Saint Michael-North
- Saint Michael-North East
- Saint Michael-North West
- Saint Michael-South
- Saint Michael-South Central
- Saint Michael-South East
- Saint Michael-West
- Saint Michael-West Central
Found in St. Michael are:
- The Gary Sobers Sports complex
- The Kensington Oval
- The National stadium
- The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference And Cultural Centre
- The local Psychiatric Hospital, commonly called Jenkins
- The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados' primary health care facility
- Government House, the official residence of the Governor-General of Barbados
- Various government offices such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry and International Business
Several schools are located in St. Michael including:
- Barbados Community College
- The Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies
- The Cave Hill School of Business
- Combermere School
- Erdiston Teachers' Training College
- Harrison College
- The Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic
- The St. Michael School
- Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty), pop/R&B singer
- Tino Best, cricketer
- Garfield Sobers, cricketer
- London Bourne, former slave who became a wealthy merchant and land owner
- Barbados Parliament: The defined Parish area borders of Saint Michael
- "Contact Us." LIAT. Retrieved on 23 December 2012. "COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT Suite 101, Lauriston Lower Collymore Rock St. Michael Barbados"
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