If you are moving around #Chaguaramas on the way to Macqueripe Cove, it would be impossible to miss the crumbling remains of the old St.Chad's Anglican Church in Tucker Valley.
Since we have already posted on sites in the vicinity, it would be remiss of TRAIL SPOTS not pay a TRAIL SPOTS photo tribute to this religious relic. It is as much a part of the colorful history of Chaguaramas and environs, having been built and re-built built by the British during the 1800s. It also stood as witness to the American presence as an army base in Chaguaramas later on.
The movement of the population from along this route due to the changing of overseas occupation, governance and employment opportunities, led to the dwindling attendance and eventual abandonment of St. Chad's. In the churchyard there is still evidence of the grave sites of the faithful. Some folklore still tell of the lingering presence of long gone residents.
Now, surrounded by the encroaching and native bamboo, its cracked walls, the remains of a rotted roof and fragile jalousie windows, stand as a reminders of a former time, under a different rule.
More information on the history of St.Chad's may be found directly at http://www.trinoutdoors.com/pages/religous%20sites.htm#St_Chad%27s_Anglican_Church
TRAIL SPOTS salutes #St.Chad's Anglican Church as we move.
|St. Chad's A.C. in the shadows|
Heritage structures are not always what we think them to be. There are many such, though less renowned, reminders of the past.
The houses in the photos that follow are among numerous such earlier designed structures throughout Trinidad and Tobago, notably in the suburban or rural districts. My visits around the island reveal that there are even older structures that have withstood the test of time, without concrete or steel!
Some have fallen into various stages of ruin. Others have been maintained with their original features, especially intricate wooden lattice designs, which was a popular decorative feature in earlier days. Many have been refurbished and remain as residences or have been transformed into attractive business places. The latter are frequently seen in the larger towns and cities of the islands.
|Elegant 'make-over' in the city|
These and others like them, deserve recognition and preservation as heritage structures in our country. If you live in or close to a possible heritage structure, think about what you, the relevant authorities and of course the owners, can do to contribute to its preservation. While I admire the famous 'Magnificent Seven' around the Queen's Park Savannah, they are not the only ones worthy of upkeep.
The 'ordinary' older structures add a touch of mystery and a sense of elegance to any environment and may be a source of interesting historical information for all.
It is a fact that many developed countries have and uphold laws that ensure the preservation of heritage buildings, in the face of inevitable development. The towers of steel, glass and imaginative design might one day become relics themselves ...!
As we surely know, it's always a good idea to 'know where you come from ...' even as the environment evolves. Should it matter if it is in the country(side) or the city? What do you think qualifies a structure to be labeled as a 'heritage structure'?