I am not suggesting you spend the night here but rather have a look as you pass by. I must admit when I first saw it I assumed it was a museum or something of the sort. Continue reading “Her Majesty’s Prison – St Helena”
This is one of seven former fortifications on the Island and is located above Jamestown on Ladder Hill and accessed by a winding road up the valley side or, more interestingly, via Jacob’s Ladder. The picture below, which I love, is a rather stylised picture of the road to the Fort, painted in 1821 by James Walten – a rather famous British traveller and artist of the time. The cliffs are not quite that sheer – as you can see from photos in my Jacob’s Ladder review. Continue reading “Ladder Hill Fort – Soon to be Hotel”
Not many people know a lot about St Helena and of those who know something not many know that it had its own railway company. Continue reading “Stairway to Heaven – Jacob’s Ladder”
There are very few places in Jamestown open on a Sunday Night for dinner and this in one of them. As such, we were surprised when we went to dinner at around 7.30pm and no one was there and apart from one person to pick up a takeaway order no-one came in all evening. Continue reading “Orange Tree Oriental Restaurant: “Booking not required!””
The postal history of St. Helena extends back well before 1815 but it wasn’t until 1815 that the first Post Office was established on the Island shortly after which the first handstruck stamp was introduced. The first adhesive stamp, a 6d blue imperforate stamp portraying Queen Victoria, was issued on 1 January 1856. Continue reading “The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau”
This rather plain though pleasant concrete clock-tower adjacent to the Market is a memorial “to those who fell in the Great War” (World War I). It was designed by a British Resident Engineer, Captain Mainwaring and paid for by using funds (£30) left over after the Cenotaph, by the sea, was completed. Continue reading “Jamestown Memorial (Bridge) Clock”
Being a major fan of local markets I made my way to Jamestown Market with great anticipation. In truth I didn’t have far to go – about 200m from my hotel.
The market is housed in a smallish building, on the ground floor and on a mezzanine level which runs around the internal walls, leaving an atrium in the centre of building. In terms of shopping I found it was rather abysmal – Continue reading “Jamestown Market”