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February 26, 2022

Amazing Photos of Bridgetown in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Formerly The Town of Saint Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as “The City”, but the most common reference is simply “Town”.

The Bridgetown port, found along Carlisle Bay lies on the southwestern coast of the island. Parts of the Greater Bridgetown area sit close to the borders of the neighboring parishes Christ Church and St. James. The Grantley Adams International Airport for Barbados, is located 16 kilometers southeast of Bridgetown city centre, and has daily flights to major cities in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

There is no longer a local municipal government, but it is a constituency of the national Parliament. During the short-lived 1950s-1960s Federation of the British West Indian Territories, Bridgetown was one of three capital cities within the region being considered to be the Federal capital of the region.

The present-day location of the city was established by English settlers in 1628; a previous settlement under the authority of Sir William Courten was at St. James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics, convention centre, and cruise ship port of call in the Caribbean region.

These amazing photos from The Caribbean Photo Archive that captured street scenes of Bridgetown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Roebuck St, Bridgetown, Barbados

A market street in Bridgetown, Barbados

Barracks, Bridgetown, Barbados

Beckwith Place, Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown and harbor, Barbados

Bridgetown Harbor, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Bridgetown street scenes, Barbados

Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados

Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados

Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados

Canal and harbor, Bridgetown, Barbados

Colonial Hotel, Bridgetown, Barbados

Household staff, Bridgetown, Barbados

Jubilee Gardens, Bridgetown, Barbados

Landing steps, Bridgetown, Barbados

Landing wharf at careenage, Bridgetown, Barbados

Laying of electrical cables, Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbados

Laying of electrical cables, Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbados

Loading coal, Bridgetown, Barbados

Lower Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbados

Marine Hotel, Bridgetown, Barbados

Memorial service of King Edward VII, Bridgetown, Barbados

Montefiore Drinking Fountain, Beckwith Place, Bridgetown

Native quarter, Bridgetown, Barbados

Opening ceremonies, Queens Park, Bardados

Opening Day, Queens Park, Bridgetown, Barbados

Opening procession, Queens Park, Bridgetown, Barbados

Opening procession, Queens Park, Bridgetown, Barbados

Opening procession, Queens Park, Bridgetown, Barbados

Parliament Buildings, Bridgetown, Barbados

Parliament Buildings, Bridgetown, Barbados

Piglet, Bridgetown, Barbados

Proclamation of King George V., Bridgetown, Barbados

St Vincent Street and post office, Bridgetown, Barbados

The Government Buildings, Bridgetown, Barbados

The ice house, Bridgetown, Barbados

Trafalgar Square, Bridgetown, Barbados

Trafalgar Square, Bridgetown, Barbados

Trafalgar Square, Bridgetown, Barbados

Traffic policeman, Bridgetown, Barbados

Wagons, Bridgetown, Barbados




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