Saint Lucy, Barbados

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Saint Lucy
Ruins, Saint Lucy, Barbados
Ruins, Saint Lucy, Barbados
Map of Barbados showing the Saint Lucy parish
Map of Barbados showing the Saint Lucy parish
Coordinates: 13°18′N 59°37′W / 13.300°N 59.617°W / 13.300; -59.617Coordinates: 13°18′N 59°37′W / 13.300°N 59.617°W / 13.300; -59.617
CountryBarbados
Largest cityChecker Hall
Government
 • TypeParliamentary democracy
 • Parliamentary seats1
Area
 • Total36 km2 (14 sq mi)
Population
 (2010 census)
 • Total9,758
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeBB-07[1]
Blowhole, St. Lucy parish coast.

The parish of Saint Lucy ("St. Lucy") is the northern-most area in the country of Barbados. Saint Lucy is the only parish of Barbados out of the eleven to be named after a female patron saint, Saint Lucy of Syracuse. Saint Lucy's shape also resembles a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, east and west. The Harrison Point Lighthouse is located in Harrisons, Saint Lucy between Great Head and Norse's Bay, also in Saint Lucy. To the south lies the neighbouring Parish of Saint Peter.

Saint Lucy was the location of a United States Naval Facility (NAVFAC), a shore terminal of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS), adjacent to the Harrison Point Lighthouse. NAVFAC Barbados was in commission 1 October 1957 to 31 March 1979. The Barbados array made undersea surveillance history on 6 July 1962 when it made the first detection of a Societ nuclear submarine that was transiting off the coast of Norway entering the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom (GIUK) gap.[2][3]

As the crow flies, Saint Lucy is the most distant part of Barbados from the capital city Bridgetown, located in the parish of Saint Michael or Grantley Adams International Airport in Christ Church. Saint Lucy remains one of the less populated parts of the island because its remoteness.

In a bid to improve the economic fortunes of Saint Lucy, almost every leader of Barbados has grappled with various plans of how to turn around the development status of the Parish. One of the most recent ideas during the 1990s was to capitalise on a venture said to be in the works by Donald Trump in neighbouring Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was being proposed that if Donald Trump moved ahead to develop a hotel in those islands, that Barbados could build a second seaport with large ships traveling directly to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for wealthy land-owners at the Trump development to have easy access to the Grantley Adams airport in Barbados.

The closest major town to Saint Lucy in Barbados is Speightstown located in the parish of Saint Peter.

Saint Lucy is the birthplace of Barbados's first Prime Minister, Errol Barrow. It is also the birthplace of two cricketers; Charlie Griffith and Manny Martindale.

The historical Parish church St. Lucy is located in the center of the parish, near Nesfield. There is a second Anglican church, St. Swithun's at Greenidge, and a third one, St. Clement's, near Lowlands.

Geography[edit]

Populated places[edit]

The parish contains the following villages and hamlets:

Smaller settlements are Avis Town, Blacksage Alley, Free Hill, Friendly Hall, Half Moon Fort, Maycock, Mount Gilboa, Pickerings, Roaches, Shermans, Sutherland and Swampy Town.

The police station and the cricket ground are situated in Crab Hill, the post office is in Benthams. There are four Primary Schools, at Clinkett (West), Content (North), Lowland (East) and Trent (Central). The Daryll Jordan Secondary School is in Trents too.

Parishes bordering Saint Lucy[edit]

Defined Boundaries[4][edit]

with St. Peter: – Starting from a point on the seashore directly west of the junction of Highway IC and the public road leading from Shermans to Half Moon Fort, the line travels eastwards to the centre-line of the said road junction; then in a north-easterly direction along Highway 1C to its junction with the private (estate) road leading to Alleynedale Hall; then along this private road and diverting along the northern branch of this road so as to leave the plantation buildings in St. Peter to meet the public road called Highway A leading from Rose Hill to St. Lucy’s Church; then northwards along Highway A to its junction with the public road called Luke Hill; then along this public road in a north-easterly and northerly direction to the junction with the unclassified road leading to Castle Plantation; then along this road in an easterly and south- easterly direction to a point opposite the monument (B.l) placed on the eastern side; then in a north-easterly direction along the line joining this point and another monument (13.2) situate on the western side of an unclassified road at Lamberts and to the centre line of tbe(the) road; then along this road in a north- westerly and north-easterly direction to its junction with the public road leading from Lamberts to Graveyard; then along this public road in an easterly, north- easterly and northerly direction to its junction with the unclassified road leading to Boscobelle; then along this road in a north-easterly, south-easterly and north- easterly direction to the centre of the bridge situate at the point just before the road turns to a south-easterly direction; then in a north-easterly direction (30" 16') to the sea.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ iso:code:3166:BB, International Organization for Standardization
  2. ^ "Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) History 1950 - 2010". IUSS/CAESAR Alumni Association. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  3. ^ Commander Undersea Surveillance. "Naval Facility Barbados October 1957 - March 1979". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  4. ^ Barbados Parliament: The defined Parish area borders of Saint Lucy[permanent dead link]

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