Saint Michael, Barbados

Saint Michael, Barbados


The parish of St. Michael is one of eleven
parishes of Barbados. It has a land area of 39 km² and is found at the southwest portion
of the island. Saint Michael has survived by name as one of the original six parishes
created in 1629 by Governor Sir William Tufton. The parish is home to Bridgetown, the capital
of Barbados. Bridgetown is the center of commercial activity in Barbados, as well as a central
hub for the public transport network. Other major infrastructure in St. Michael is the
international seaport of Barbados—the Deep Water Harbour. Therein, a number of cruise
ships arrive and depart including various lines such as Royal Caribbean and Cunard.
The harbour features several sugar towers for loading locally produced sugar into transport
ships, and a tower for loading flour for transport. Under Barbados’ historic vestry system, the
main parish church is seated along St. Michael’s Row in Bridgetown. This cathedral replaced
the former parish church that was formerly located at the site of St. Mary’s Church.
St. Michael’s Cathedral’s was elevated to its cathedral status under Bishop Coleridge
who arrived in Barbados in 1825 under the then newly established Diocese of Barbados
and the Leeward Islands. Geography
Parishes bordering Saint Michael Christ Church – South
Saint George – East Saint James – Northwest
Saint Thomas – Northeast Defined boundaries
with Christ Church: – Starts from the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael,
and Christ Church and proceeds southerly along the plantation track and the boundary between
the residential developments called Fort George Heights and Kent House to the boundary junction
with public road called Highway R. Then it moves westerly along Highway R to its junction
at Wildey with the Airport to West Coast Highway. Then it goes southerly along the Highway to
merge at Clapham with the public road called Highway 6, then go north-westerly along Highway
6 to its junction with the public Observatory Road, then moves southerly along Observatory
Road to its junction with the public Fordes Road. Then moving south-westerly, north-westerly
and northerly along Fordes Road, Bonnett’s Road and Brittons New Road to its junction
with Dalkeith Hill, then westerly along Dalkeith Hill to its junction with Deighton Road; then
in a generally northern direction along Deighton Road to its junction with Dayrells Road. Along
Dayrells Road in a south-westerly, north-westerly and westerly direction to its junction with
Dalkeith Road at the Garrison, then continuing along Dalkeith Road generally south-westerly
to its junction with the public road Highway 7; then directly across Highway 7 and continuing
in a south-westerly direction along the road leading to Gravesend Beach and directly to
the sea. with St. George: – Starting from the meeting
point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael, and Christ Church and proceeding in a westerly
and northerly direction along the plantation track to its junction at lower Birneys with
the public road Highway 5; then westerly along Highway 5 to its junction at Mapp Hill and
the public road Haynes Hill. Then northerly along Haynes Hill and Pasture
Road to its junction with Monroe Road; then in a westerly direction along Monroe Road
to its junction with Salters Tenantry Road, moving along it in a northerly, then westerly
then northerly direction to its junction at Salters with the public road Highway 4; then
south-westerly along Highway 4 to its junction with a public road called Highway X; moving
north-easterlyalong Highway X to its junction with an unclassified road; then in a generally
north-westerly then northerly direction along to its junction with the public road leading
from the Belle Road to Charles Rowe Bridge; then in a westerly direction to its junction
with the unclassified road leading to Lower Estate; then in a generally north-easterly
direction along this road to its junction with a track to the north of the factory yard;
then in a north-westerly direction along this track to join an unclassified road and along
this road to its junction at Dayrells with the public road called Highway 3; then in
a north-easterly direction along Highway 3 to its junction with Cole Road at Bourne;
then in a northerly direction along this road to the culvert where it crosses a gully; then
along this gully in a south-westerly, north-westerly and north-easterly to a point opposite Applewhaites
Tenantry Road; then along the line joining this point to the road junction and north-westerly
along Applewhaites Tenantry Road to its junction with a public road called Highway E. This
is the meeting point of the parishes of St. George, St. Michael, and St. Thomas.
with St. James: – Starting from the meeting point of the parishes of St. James, St. Thomas,
and St. Michael and proceeding generally westwards along the public road called Clermont Road
to its junction with the public road called Husbands Road; then in a southerly direction along this road
to its junction with University Drive; then in a westerly and southerly direction along
University Drive to the center of the roundabout at the intersection of this road and Highway
1; then in a north-westerly direction along Highway 1 to a point just south of its junction
with an unclassified road called Batt’s Rock Road; then from this point in a straight line
through a monument to the sea. with St. Thomas: – Starting from the meeting
point of the parishes of St. Thomas, St. George, and St. Michael and proceeding along Highway
E in a south-westerly direction to the junction with the public road running from Canewood
to Jackson; then in a westerly, northerly and north-westerly direction to the junction
at Jackson with the public road called Highway 2; then in a south-westerly direction along
this road to the center of the roundabout at its junction at Warrens with the Airport
to West Coast Highway; then in a north-westerly direction along this Highway to the center
of the roundabout which is its junction with the public road called Highway 2A; then in
a northerly direction along this road to the meeting point of the parishes of St. Thomas,
St. James, and St. Michael. House constituencies
City of Bridgetown Saint Michael-Central
Saint Michael-East Saint Michael-North
Saint Michael-North East Saint Michael-North West
Saint Michael-South Saint Michael-South Central
Saint Michael-South East Saint Michael-West
Saint Michael-West Central Places
Found in St. Michael are: The Gary Sobers Sports complex
The Kensington Oval The National stadium
The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference And Cultural Centre
The local Psychiatric Hospital, commonly called Jenkins
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados’ primary health care facility
Government House, the official residence of the Governor-General of Barbados
Various government offices such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry
and International Business The commercial department of LIAT is in Suite
101 of Lauriston in St. Michael. Economy
Kayla Foods Int’l Inc., an international division of Yogen Früz, is located in Saint Michael.
Education Several schools are located in St. Michael
including: Barbados Community College
The Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies
The Cave Hill School of Business Combermere School
Erdiston Teachers’ Training College Harrison College
The Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic The St. Michael School
Notable people Rihanna – Pop/R&B singer-songwriter, Actress,
Model and Fashion Designer Tino Best, cricketer
Garfield Sobers, cricketer London Bourne, former slave who became a wealthy
merchant and land owner Neville Goddard, New Thought author and speaker.
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