Bathurst, Sierra Leone

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Bathurst is located in Sierra Leone
Location in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 8°20′N 13°04′W / 8.333°N 13.067°W / 8.333; -13.067
Country Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
Region Western Area
District Western Area Rural District
 • Type Village council
 • Village Head

Samuel JS Woodie [1]

Time zone GMT (UTC-5)

Bathurst is a mountainous village in the Western Area Rural District of Sierra Leone. Bathurst seats at 541 feet above sea level,[1] and lies approximately six miles west of Freetown.

The major industry in Bathurst village is farming, small scale coal mining and animal husbandry. The Krio people are the largest and principal inhabitant of Bathurst village.


Bathurst was founded in 1817 provide accommodation for recaptives, liberated enslaved Africans, who had been brought to Freetown by the British Royal Navy West Africa Squadron.[2]:122 It was originally called Leopold, in honour of Leopold I of Belgium, who was at the time husband to Princess Charlotte of Wales. Charlotte was established at the same time nearby, named after his wife.


  1. ^ "Bathurst, Sierra Leone Weather Forecast". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  2. ^ Sanneh, Lamin (2009). Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa. Cammbrideg, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 

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