The Residency

I mentioned in my general review on Green Mountain that the mountain only has one resident nowadays and that is the British Administrator of the Island.

Ascension Island with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha make up the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha. All three islands hold equal status within the Territory. As the Governor of the Territory resides on the main island of St Helena an Administrator is appointed to represent the Governor on Ascension Island.

Fair to say I think, the Administrator’s position is one of the least coveted jobs in Empire – a position hardly at the cutting edge of British diplomacy. Perhaps to make up for this he/she gets to live in “The Residency” atop Green Mountain with its views to die for. What more can a man of Empire want – Not a lot to do, Union Jack out the front and a well stocked bar on the lawn at the back.


The Residency was formally called (and sometimes still is referred to as) the San. The San was a naval hospital built in 1867 as a sanatorium for sea faring fever victims. Various short paths were cut into the hillside to enable convalescing fever victims to walk on the flat and regain their strength.

Today Scouts walk commences here and makes its way up and around Green Mountain merging with Cronk’s Path walk a little before it reaches North East Cottage. I didn’t actually notice the start of the walk but then again I was not looking for it.

What I was looking for was the path to Monkey Rock Cemetery which is well marked and about which I have written a separate review.

Please remember, when you are up here, that the Residency is not open to the public and you should respect the privacy of the Administrator. Certainly have a look outside but proceed to your walk or the cemetery without undue loitering.

To get to the Residency take to Green Mountain road and about three quarters way up the steep portion once you enter the National Park you should see a sign on your left for The Residency. It is a very sharp left turn and easily missed. If you miss it, do not worry, continue on to the Red Lion and catch it on the way down – much easier to see coming down.

Government House


The Administrator’s office and the seat of Government are located in the delicate pink coloured building in downtown Georgetown. As a visitor you would have little reason to go inside apart from the fact that the Bank of St Helena – the islands only bank – is located on the ground floor at the back of the building. The public area inside the bank consists of one chair in an area of little more than 1 metre by 1 metre. Should you arrive at a busy hour – ie when you are not the only customer – take a seat outside the bank and await your turn to enter.

Address: Georgetown and Green Mountain

This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries on my trip to Ascension Island. I suggest you continue with my next entry – HERE.
To return to the beginning of this loop click HERE.


9 thoughts on “All things British – Government

  1. As you have aroused my curiosity, I did a quick search and discovered that the current Administrator of Ascension Island is His Honour Marc Holland, a career diplomat with the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). He was sworn in as the 19th Administrator of Ascension Island on 26th August 2014 for a three-year stint. He is living there with his wife and their five children. On his appointment he said: ‘The next three years are exciting times for Ascension as we secure our supply routes to St Helena, start managing our fish stocks responsibly and celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Marines’ first garrisoning of the island. Rachel and I are thrilled to be coming to Ascension with our family and look forward to taking a full part in community life’.

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