Photographer's Note

One of Barbados' oldest churches, St. James boasts mural tablets, stained glass windows, and a bell that pre-dates the famous American Liberty bell by 54 years.

It’s located located in Holetown, where the English settlers landed in Barbados. The original structure was built in the 1600s but was severely damaged by a hurricane. In 1690 a coral stone structure was built to replace the wooden building. While coral stone buildings are not uncommon in the Caribbean, but most have a lot of black discoloration. This building is kept bright white.

The organ was ordered and built by the English firm, Hill & Son at a cost of 320 pounds. After it arrived in January 1876 and was assembled, the first organist was Charles A. Greenidge and the bellows blower, Reynold W. Gillman. When we were there, someone who clearly needed the practice was practicing the wedding march.

Many of the original settlers and many eminent Barbadians were laid to rest in the Church and the churchyard. Indeed, a walk through the churchyard and Church examining the grave stones, vaults and memorial plaques, is like a journey into the history of Barbados.

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