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Anguilla Church Unknown

by Ian Champion

Church on the road to Crocus Bay

Church on the road to Crocus Bay

40 years ago, between July and October, I was PC 697 of the Metropolitan Anguilla Police Unit (UK - London). For the first six weeks on the island I stayed on the other side of the road not quite opposite this Anguilla Church. The Church as indicated by the road traffic sign had a school next door to it on the far side.

The Road did not have a specific name that I was aware of at the time. The Church, if it is still standing there, should be identifiable because the road leads directly to Crocus Bay. Right at the top and to the right is/was Lloyds Guest House.

I am going on a P & O Caribbean cruise soon. We are docking at St Maarten. I am going to spend the day on Anguilla and would like to re-visit this church if it is still there. Also it will help me re-identify the approximate location of where I stayed. They were two very large two floor wooden houses. It would be nice if they were still standing but I somehow think the area by now will have been re-developed...

Nori's Reply: Ian, thank you so much for the great photo! I do not recall the name of this Anguilla church. You will be happy to discover that this part of Anguilla is quite historic. It is called the "Old Valley" today, with its history and buildings intact. I hope you find the spot where you stayed. You have seen parts of Anguilla that I will never know... I would love to hear more stories and see more of your intriguing photos! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Dec 27, 2009
the "unknown" church
by: Anonymous

This is the Ebenezer Methodist Church, on Coronation Avenue. The school next door was a girl's school. The gentleman may have stayed at the Anguillan, on the corner of Northside Road and Coronation Avenue, it was a large 2 story building and a general store. The building is still there, although in disrepair. The Ebenezer Methodist Church is the oldest on the island. My husband, Walter Richardson is the historian as he grew up in this area.

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