Breath Taking Beauty of Antigua
Thank you for sharing that Capt. Bergeron!
This drone footage shot by Capt. Bergeron is of the SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (from 1780 to 1850) military complex, within a short distance of the Dockyard. It is named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands, who strengthened Antigua’s defenses in 1781. Britain had lost all her West Indian colonies (including North America) at this time except Antigua and Barbados. Much effort, therefore, was put into Antigua’s defenses, mainly because of the island’s great sugar producing value and the important Dockyard. Shirley Heights had three sections:
1. The Ridge and Artillery Quarters. A Ridge, on which several ruins may be noted, leads to the Heights. The first buildings on the left are the Royal Artillery Gunner’s Barracks along with the Train of Artillery building (now a research center), built in 1790 for 60 men. After the army left, it became a lunatic asylum.
2. The Lookout. This high point (about 490 ft.) affords a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbors, the best view in Antigua. Today, it is a Sunday afternoon rendezvous for a sampling of local music and culture. Behind the gun platform is the site of a flagstaff that once sent signals all around Antigua.
3. Blockhouse. This is the easternmost part of the military complex, with a magnificent view looking over the southeast coast . It was designed as a place of last refuge, which is indeed the meaning of the word. The Officer’s Quarters are in ruins as are the out buildings, servants quarters, married quarters and stables. There is a fine powder magazine, cistern and catchment that have received some restoration work.
TODAY – The complex is mainly in ruins except the Lookout that has been reutilized as a restaurant.
The splendid arches of three Officer’s Quarters were destroyed by various hurricanes due to the lack of preventative shoring up of the walls, (due to lack of funds). They now need to be rebuilt with the saved original masonry. The site is still a fine tourist attraction, mainly because of two of the best views and epic sunsets (of the Atlantic and of English Harbor) to be had in the island.
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