Saint Thomas Lowland Parish
|Saint Thomas Lowland|
|Country||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Area||18 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|Population||2,035 (2001 est.)|
|Density||113.06 / km2 (293 / sq mi)|
The coast of this parish consists primarily of sand beaches with palm trees, most notably the 3-mile long Pinney's Beach, which is often considered to be the best beach in the Federation. Behind the sandy coastline are several small lagoons, including the freshwater lagoon of Nelson's Spring, which is next to the village of Cotton Ground. Some of the island's most important hotel developments are located in this area, including the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.
There are a few hills by the coast, including the small but steep hill at Cades Point, a weathered remnant of an ancient volcanic core. Further inland, many small villages and homes are located on the gently sloping landscape.
As one moves further and further east (inland) the land rises in elevation and the vegetation becomes lusher as the steeper slopes of Nevis Peak are reached. The Nevis Peak summit is the Parish's interior land boundary.
Cities and Towns
The parish capital is Cotton Ground. Other villages within the parish are Westbury, Barnes Ghaut and Jessups. There is also a small section of Craddock Road that is part of the parish, even though most of the Craddock Road community is in St. Paul's Parish.
Capital - Cotton Ground
- Barnes Ghaut
The southern end of the parish embraces the northern fringe of Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, including the Community Center (which was previously the cinema), the ruins of the Rest Haven Hotel (heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989), and the pink-painted Pinney's Beach Hotel at the southern end of Pinney's Beach.
Saint Thomas Lowland parish can arguably be viewed as the heart of the Nevis economy. This is because the island's main economic sector is tourism, and this parish is home to the island's largest hotel, the Four Seasons Resort, which is the largest single employer on the island, second only to the Government. The Four Seasons golf course is considered to be the best or one of the best in the Caribbean. Several other hotel developments are also located on the coast of this parish.
Saint Thomas was the first established Parish on Nevis, and was home to the first British settlement, Jamestown. Legend has it that Jamestown was lost in a tidal wave in the late 1680s, but there is no archeological evidence that would support that story. In any case the first settlement was abandoned, but St. Thomas' Church, on higher ground, remains.
The parish of Saint Thomas Lowland is the premier development area in Nevis at present, with a large hotel and golf course construction in progress, the most expensive such development in the Federation.
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.