The Valley, Anguilla

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The Valley
Town and District
Wallblake House
Wallblake House
The Valley's location on Anguilla
The Valley's location on Anguilla
Location of Anguilla in the Caribbean Sea
Location of Anguilla in the Caribbean Sea
Coordinates: 18°13′15″N 63°03′06″W / 18.22083°N 63.05167°W / 18.22083; -63.05167
Country  United Kingdom
Overseas Territory Anguilla
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,067

The Valley is the capital of Anguilla, one of its fourteen Districts, and the main "town" on the island. As of 2011, it has a population of 1,067.[1]

History[edit]

Historical landmarks[edit]

The Valley has few examples of colonial architecture due to the relocation of Anguilla's administration to St. Kitts in 1825, though Wallblake House, built in 1787, still stands and is used as a rectory by the adjacent church. New shops have opened in new buildings and renovated West Indian-style cottages. Old shops have been modernized and have enlarged their stocks as well as their space.

The ruins of the Old Court House are located on Crocus Hill, the island's highest point. All that remains are the broken walls of a few basement jail cells. At Cross Roads at the western edge of The Valley is Wallblake House, a plantation home built around 1787 that is now owned by the Catholic Church (the parish priest lives there) and St. Gerard's Catholic Church, with its highly original facade of pebbles, stones, cement, wood and tile.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The town is located in the middle of the island, in front of Crocus Bay and nearby Crocus Hill, the island's highest point. Nearest villages are North Side, The Quarter, North Hill and George Hill.

Climate[edit]

The Valley has a tropical wet and dry climate (Aw) under the Köppen climate classification.[2] The area has a short dry season that covers the months of February and April, and a wet season that covers the remainder of the year. However the wet season, though lengthy, does not quite see the heavy precipitation that is commonplace in other Caribbean cities such as Santo Domingo and San Juan. Average temperatures in The Valley are relatively constant throughout the year, ranging from 26-29 degrees Celsius.

Climate data for The Valley
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
34
(93)
32
(90)
35
(95)
37
(99)
36
(97)
33
(91)
32
(90)
32
(90)
37
(99)
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
28
(82)
30
(86)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
25
(77)
25
(77)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
Record low °C (°F) 18
(64)
20
(68)
21
(70)
20
(68)
18
(64)
20
(68)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
18
(64)
Precipitation cm (inches) 7
(2.8)
4
(1.6)
4
(1.6)
7
(2.8)
9
(3.5)
7
(2.8)
8
(3.1)
11
(4.3)
11
(4.3)
9
(3.5)
11
(4.3)
9
(3.5)
102
(40.2)
 % humidity 77 76 76 76 77 76 76 76 76 77 78 77 76
Source: Weatherbase[3][better source needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of The Valley, Anguilla
(Source: Statoids.com)
Year 1 1974 1984 1994 2001
Population 1,048 1,709 795 1,169 2011= 1.067 [4]

Transport[edit]

The Valley is served by Anguilla Wallblake Airport (IATA: AXA, ICAO: TQPF) with some international flights.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

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Coordinates: 18°13′15″N 63°03′06″W / 18.22083°N 63.05167°W / 18.22083; -63.05167