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Jamestown

Where it all happens

Petite ville, grand renom.
(Small town, great renown.)

François Rabelais

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On the whole, if something is going to happen in St Helena, it’s likely it’s going to happen in Jamestown.

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Jamestown from the south Saint Helena Island Info
Jamestown from the south

Below: In brief…Why ‘Jamestown’?A quick guided tourTown PlanClimateBusy and quiet daysHistoryThe TunnelThen and nowJamestown DistrictIs Jamestown really a ‘city’?Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016Read More

In brief… 

Jamestown is built on igneous rock in a small enclave, sandwiched between the steep cliffs that form James’ Valley. These cliffs are unsuitable for building, so the habitation is limited to the valley floor and thus is rather long, thin and densely populated, with tightly knit, long and winding streets. Shrubs and trees decorate some of the street corners. The surrounding terrain is rough and steep, and rockfalls are an occurrence, in the past damaging buildings and causing loss of life, though extensive netting in recent years has almost eliminated any risk. The town is commonly divided into Lower and Upper parts, depending on the distance up James’ Valley, though with no precise boundary between.

The town has some excellent examples of British Georgian-era colonial architecture, having been largely un-modernised, and has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many buildings are built out of local volcanic rock. Jamestown has more than half of the island’s listed buildings.

There is a resident population of around 14% of the island’s total population{12}. This used to be much higher - in the 1931 census it was 38%.

Why ‘Jamestown’? 

Jamestown was so named in 1660 in honour of James, Duke of York{13}, to celebrate the restoration of the Monarchy in England. James’ Bay was christened at the same time (hence the apostrophe…)

Previously, what is now James’ Valley (in which Jamestown sits) was known as ‘Chappel Valley’, after the small church built by the island’s Portuguese discoverers.

A quick guided tour 

Lower Jamestown from above Saint Helena Island Info
Lower Jamestown, from above

Since the start of the scheduled commercial air service most visitors arrive into Jamestown on the bus from the Airport. But for the first 500 years of our history everybody started at the Wharf. Those arriving by yacht or cruise ship still do…

Arriving by sea

You disembark from your vessel via a tender or ferry which lands you on the wharf steps. Getting ashore is a little tricky…but generations of visitors managed it, including everybody up to the King & Queen of England! As one visitor wrote:

We landed at a jetty queer enough - the boat is backed & you swing yourself ashore by a rope suspended from an iron crane - there is no beach.{a}{28}

After clearing customs and immigration you walk out onto the ‘seaside’, a long strip of land with the wharf at one end and Donny’s Bar at the other. You can see evidence of the island’s fortifications as you walk along. Passing through The Arch, constructed in its present form in 1832, you arrive in Grand Parade.

It is sometimes said that when you alight at the Wharf you do so where Napoleon walked. Sadly this isn’t so. The wharf has been extended and reconstructed so many times since 1815 that none of the fixtures from Napoleon’s time remain{15}.

All visitors

Standing in Grand Parade The Castle is on your left - the current seat of Government and formerly a fort - along with other administrative buildings, including the Police office, courtrooms and library, built by Governor Hudson Lowe in 1817 on the site of the former main guard room and barracks built in 1709. On your right you have HM Prison and some currently unused buildings which are in the process of being restored, between which you find the Museum of St Helena and the foot of Jacob’s Ladder. Also on Grand Parade is St. James’ Church, the oldest Anglican Church in the southern hemisphere. In the centre of Grand Parade is the memorial to Dr. W. J. J. Arnold, the greatest friend St Helena ever had. The Grand Parade is where many island events take place. Normally mostly a car park, on special days it is cleared and turned into a market atrea, performance stage, or whatever.

Moving up from Grand Parade you enter Main Street. Notice first on your left the Castle Gardens - a quiet place to stop and sit, even on the busiest days. In Main Street you will find shops, offices, the Post Office, etc. At the top of Main Street is a mini-roundabout (one of only two on the island) with the Tourist Office behind and also ‘The Trees’ where, in former times, auctions were held (including those of Slaves). You have not passed the Rockfall Memorial Fountain, because it is no longer there…

Napoleon Street sign Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

The road then forks. On the left you have Napoleon Street, so named because it is the road to Longwood, where Napoleon stayed during his exile here, and also the route to his tomb, via Side Path Road. In Napoleon Street you will find shops and houses.

The right hand fork leads onto The Bridge; another area used for public events, especially at Christmas, where you will find shops, pubs, The Market and the Bank. Next to The Market is the Bridge Memorial Clock. The road now becomes Market Street, and continues right up throught to the top of town, passing shops, churches, meeting rooms and many houses.

At the top of town you will find China Lane, so named because the imported Chinese labourers lived there. If you go up to the right you are on Ladder Hill Road, the main route to the heart of the island, via the top of Jacob’s Ladder, Ladder Hill Fort and Half Tree Hollow.

If you continue to the left you reach the hospital, and passing to the left of there you reach Constitution Hill, the oldest route out of town; a narrow winding road which connects at its top with Side Path Road.

Jamestown’s watercourse is The Run, which is also a pleasant footpath linking the Hospital to lower Jamestown.

It may not be immediately apparent on the ground, but Jamestown actually slopes quite strongly uphill. The hospital is around 60m above the level of the seaside. The slope shows on this picture{b} of Grand Parade:

Grand Parade Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

The photographs below illustrate many aspects of Jamestown:

From the air Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From the air

James’ Bay Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
James’ Bay{c}

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Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

SS Papanui wreck Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
SS Papanui wreck

Compact nature Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Compact nature

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Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
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Seaside and lower town Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Seaside and lower town

Night seaside Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Night, seaside{e}

Wharf 2016 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Wharf, 2016

View from Shy Road Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
View from Shy Road

The Arch Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Arch

St. James’ Church Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
St. James’ Church

The Castle & Grand Parade Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Castle & Grand Parade

Castle Entrance Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Castle Entrance

Courthouse Cannon Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Courthouse Cannon

The Prison Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Prison

Monument Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Monument

Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Jacob’s Ladder

Museum of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Museum of St Helena

Night museum/ladder Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Night, museum/ladder{e}

Lower Town Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Lower Town{f}

View from the Eastern hills Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
View from the Eastern hills

From the Mundens path Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From the Mundens path

Castle Gardens Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Castle Gardens

Central Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info
Central Jamestown{d}

Wellington House Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Wellington House

The Bridge Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Bridge

Essex House Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Essex House

‘The Trees’ Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
‘The Trees’

Central town 2016 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Central town 2016{c}

Houses in Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info
Houses in Jamestown

The Run Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Run

Upper James’ Valley Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Upper James’ Valley

Upper from Side Path Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Upper from Side Path{1}

Upper Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info
Upper Jamestown

From The Briars Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From The Briars

From The Briars Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From The Briars

Rainbow over Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info
Rainbow over Jamestown

The Market at Christmas Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Market at Christmas

Christmas Parade Main Street Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Christmas Parade, Main Street

Christmas lights Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Christmas lights

Boxing Day on The Bridge Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Boxing Day on The Bridge

Carnival Parade Main Street Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Carnival Parade, Main Street

Sunset over James’ Bay Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Sunset over James’ Bay{g}

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Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
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Night view with RMS Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Night view with RMS

 

Town Plan 

Plan of Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info
__:Principal Roads; __:The Run; 1:The Castle; 2:Jacob’s Ladder; 3:Tourist Office; 4:Museum of St Helena; 5:The Wharf; 6:Castle Gardens; 7:The Leisure Park; 8:The Mule Yard; 9:Duke of Edinburgh Playground; 10:Grand Parade; 11:Post Office; 12:to the Hospital
More about the origins of Jamestown’s roads on our Roads page.

Lower Jamestown from Ladder Hill Road Saint Helena Island Info
Lower Jamestown, from Ladder Hill Road

Climate 

Jamestown features an arid climate, temperatures being moderated by the adjacent ocean and ranging from 19-24°C{16}.

The town receives around 11cm of rainfall in a typical year with only around 40 wet days. This is because it lies on the drier norther coast, sheltered by the bulk of the island from the rain-bringing south-easterly trade winds{17}.

Busy and quiet days 

Jamestown is at its busiest when there is a ship in the bay (cruise ship or other visitor), or when there is an event happening. On these days it can actually look active!

On a normal weekday it’s busy from 8am-9am, when everyone is heading to work; from Midday-2pm, for lunch break; and again from 4pm-5pm when everyone is heading home. Saturday nights are also lively, with the shops open from 6:30pm until 8:30pm or 9pm, and then the various pubs and clubs operating until 1am. At other times it is quiet; on Sundays, with almost everything closed{18}, it can seem like a ghost town!

In recent memory, a visitor from South Africa actually laid down in the middle of the road, at the mini-roundabout at the top of Main Street, at around 10am. Where else in the world, he argued, could you do that in a nation’s capital city?

The image below from Google™ Earth™{i} shows the whole of Jamestown, The Briars, Rupert’s and (most of) Half Tree Hollow. Only a satellite or a very high-flying aircraft can capture this view! A clickable version of this image appears on our Maps of St Helena page.

Google Earth view of Jamestown The Briars Rupert’s and Half Tree Hollow Saint Helena Island Info

History 

Jamestown 1794 Saint Helena Island Info
Jamestown, 1794

French map 1690s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
French map, 1690s{2}

James’ Bay is the most practicable anchorage on St Helena, and so what is now Jamestown is where all the earliest explorers landed. The history of Jamestown is therefore inextricably linked with the history of St Helena itself. Fernão Lopez, the island’s first exile almost certainly lived in James’ Valley.

The town as we have it today is of largely Georgian construction, representing the time when St Helena had defeated the Dutch invasion and was being actively settled and developed by The East India Company, up to the end of their Charter and direct rule by The Crown. Development since has been mostly in-filling and, apart from a few more recent buildings (e.g. ‘New Porteous House’ in Main Street) most buildings remain largely as they were in the 19th Century.

Most of the island’s more notable events also took place in Jamestown. To read about these please see the overview on our page A Brief History or use the Island History index page.

The following images show the development of Jamestown’s fortifications over the years:

Late 17th Century Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Late 17th Century{3}{j}

1734 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1734{j}

1781 Lafitte Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1781, Lafitte

1815-21 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1815-21{j}

1850 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1850{4}{j}

 

The following picture, taken by John Isaac Lilley in 1862, illustrates some interesting points which are shown in the detail images below:

John Isaac Lilley 1862 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

The Time Office with Time Ball Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Time Office with Time Ball

Works in progress re-engineering the Lines Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Works in progress, re-engineering the Lines

Part-dismantled drawbridge Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Part-dismantled drawbridge

Another photo (see below) Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Another photo (see below)

 

The last image (above), also by John Isaac Lilley from 1862, again shows work being done re-building the Lines. It also shows the old drawbridge, built when Governor Dallas moved the entrance to town to its current position in 1832, at which time this became the main entrance to Jamestown (and, indeed, to the island) and the route shown in the 1850s image above as ‘Access to Town’ fell into disuse{19}. The drawbridge was replaced by a permanent bridge in 1935, using stone recovered from the demolished Ladder Hill Observatory. The ‘Main Bastion’ is now The Mule Yard, to the left of which is the Swimming Pool. The West Bastion is now the Leisure Park, including The Coffee Shop.

The Wharf 1964 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Wharf, 1964{k}

Ghost Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

Unsurprisingly, given the amount of history it has experienced, many parts of Jamestown are said to be haunted, particularly the Wharf, The Castle and the area around Pilling School (the former military barracks).

History Images

The images below illustrate many aspects of Jamestown’s history:

Church Valley 1658 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Church Valley, 1658

Thornton 1702-7 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Thornton, 1702-7{5}

Moll 1732 (Part) Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Moll, 1732 (Part)

1781 by Lafitte (extract) Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1781 by Lafitte (extract){l}

1781 by Lafitte (extract) Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1781 by Lafitte (extract){l}

1789 sketch Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1789 sketch

Drawbridge 1795 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Drawbridge, 1795{m}

Wharf/Crane 1795 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Wharf/Crane, 1795{m}

Watering place 1795 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Watering place, 1795{m}

Undated but maybe 1800s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Undated but maybe 1800s

1812 sketch Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1812 sketch

Painting 1815 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Painting, 1815{6}

Wharf view 1815 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Wharf view, 1815{7}

From Read’ Map 1817 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From Read’ Map, 1817

Wharf 1829 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Wharf, 1829{n}

Sainson c.1840s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Sainson, c.1840s

Landing steps 1840 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Landing steps, 1840{o}

Main Street 1857 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, 1857{p}

The Wharf 1877 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Wharf, 1877

Pre-1882 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Pre-1882

Victoria’s Golden Jubilee 1887 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, 1887

Lower 1890s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Lower, 1890s

The Wharf 1900 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Wharf, 1900{q}

Old hospital early 1900s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Old hospital, early 1900s

Upper town early 1900s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Upper town, early 1900s

From the bay c.1900 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From the bay, c.1900

Sketch by Erich Mayer 1902 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Sketch by Erich Mayer, 1902

Main Street West Side 1903 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, West Side, 1903{r}

Main Street East Side 1903 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, East Side, 1903{r}

Postcard Jackson 1905 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Postcard, Jackson, 1905{s}

Main Street 1930s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, 1930s{t}

Napoleon Street 1920s/30s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Napoleon Street, 1920s/30s{8}

Postcard 1947 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Postcard, 1947

The Arch 1964 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Arch, 1964{k}

Off for launch 1968 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Off for launch, 1968{u}

Lower Napoleon Street 1970s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Lower Napoleon Street, 1970s

From Jacob’s Ladder 1970 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
From Jacob’s Ladder, 1970{9}

Seaside by Crallan 1974 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Seaside, by Crallan, 1974

Main Street 1979 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, 1979{10}

Alighting; the Wharf Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Alighting; the Wharf{11}

Main Street 1991 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, 1991

Main Street 1990s Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Main Street, 1990s

Event in Grand Parade 1995 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
Event in Grand Parade, 1995

The Bridge 2001 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
The Bridge, 2001

 

The Tunnel 

In the 1990s it was discovered that a substantial underground tunnel runs at least from a spot outside the Canister (marked by the Mini Roundabout) to a point just below Broadway House. The tunnel is fairly dry inside but it is thought it might have acted as a storm drain; nobody is sure. After the discovery the ends of the tunnel were sealed, for safety reasons. It can be opened - it was explored in January 2010 by the Scouts - but we have no idea to whom one might apply!

If you want to visit, examine our tunnel and maybe tell us what it was really for, please contact the Tourist Office.

Then and now 

We show below pairs of photographs, taken from the same spot many years apart. The cars are newer but not much else has changed. Such as has is noted with each pair:

Below: Main StreetLower Market StreetNapoleon Street

1975 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1975

Main Street

Apart from the shorter spire on St. James’ Church, very little is different.

2016 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
2016

1975 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1975

Lower Market Street

The shabby brown building (centre-left) was demolished soon after and replaced by a ‘modern’ supermarket, which later closed and at the time of writing is being re-developed. The white line was removed because the road is too narrow for modern cars to pass.

2015 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
2015

1982 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
1982{v}

Napoleon Street

At the time of writing the building at the top is being renovated, after being derelict for more than a decade, while the one on the immediate left was in use but is now boarded up. The Banyan tree growing in the Community Centre (formerly the School) was pared back to almost a stump in August 2009.

2016 Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown
2016

Jamestown District 

The district of Jamestown also includes Rupert’s Valley, to the north of Jamestown. Rupert’s is designated for industrial development and should become the island’s main port for goods (it is expected that cruise ships will continue to offload in Jamestown). Rupert’s is where the slave graves were discovered.

Wide-angle view of Jamestown from Signal House Saint Helena Island Info
Wide-angle view of Jamestown, from Signal House, near the top of Jacob’s Ladder

Is Jamestown really a ‘city’? 

Yes! It’s city status was formally granted by Queen Victoria on 6th June 1859, and its full official name is the ‘City of James Town’{20}.

Jamestown at night Saint Helena Island Info

Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016 

SHG crest Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

In November 2016 the Government started public consultation on outline proposals to manage parking in Jamestown. The proposals were cast in a background where there would be no funding available for significant works to increase the number of parking spaces in the town (i.e. covering and parking over The Run or building a multi-storey car park{21}). Any scheme would therefore need to be entirely self-financing.

The following summarises the proposals and adds, where relevant, some issues raised, primarily by the residents of Jamestown:

  • All streets in Jamestown would be marked with delineated parking bays. This is to reduce the amount of space wasted by people parking with excessive space between vehicles.

  • Some of these bays would be reserved for Resident parking. The rest would be available for ‘Commuter’ parking (including shoppers and other visitors).

  • The scheme would operate between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Comment received proposed that the hours be extended from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Outside the operating hours all bays would be available free for any use.

  • Parking in Commuter bays would be at an hourly charge - provisionally suggested at £0.50p per hour for ‘prime’ areas (e.g. the Stand{22} and Grand Parade) and £0.20p per hour elsewhere. Tickets would be available in shops across the island, using a ‘scratch’ technique. In questioning it was noted that anyone wanting to park in a Commuter bay before the shops opened would need to buy a ticket in advance. The Wharf, around the Hospital and a few other areas would be designated for open free parking, i.e. not part of the scheme.

  • Residents could apply for a permit, entitling them to use the Resident bays. The fee proposed was £10/annum for the first vehicle and a ‘higher fee’ (not announced) for each subsequent vehicle. In discussion it was clarified that the additional fee would be charged only for a second or subsequent vehicle registered to the same person. Several people sharing the same address and each owning one vehicle would pay £10 each per annum. It was noted that Resident bays would not be dedicated; there would be fewer bays than the number of resident vehicles and possession of a permit would allow parking in a Resident bay but would not guarantee that one would be available.

  • Disabled parking bays would also be delineated, and would be free at all times to the registered disabled. Commercial vehicle bays would also be defined, with an annual licence fee (not yet set).

  • Traffic wardens would be employed to enforce the rules, and would also enforce other parking restrictions, e.g. not parking on pavements; not overstaying in ‘loading/unloading’ areas; etc. The cost of the wardens would be met from the fees received, aiming to break even.

Comments on the proposals were to be made to the Secretary of the ENRC, Mr Nicky Lawrence, committee@enrd.gov.sh. No time limit was set for the consultation and it was clarified that amended proposals would be brought back for public consultation in due course. (At the time of writing, years later, they still haven’t been!)

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See also the Tourist Office brochure on Jamestown, St Helena (988.3Kb).

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Article: Reaction to the ‘Jamestown Vision 2020’.

Jamestown Vision 2020 cover Saint Helena Island Info

This intriguing document was issued at the end of January 2013 by Enterprise St Helena{23}, the Government body charged with preparing St Helena’s private sector businesses for the arrival of the St Helena Airport. It was presented to Executive Council which welcomed the document as a valuable basis for public consultation{27}. It describes itself as a bold Vision for the future which we hope will be shared by residents, visitors, businesses and investors alike.

This hope was not fulfilled - the document and its accompanying exhibition was met with a combination of horror and disbelief. Many assumed it was a joke. The more charitable thought it might have been a deliberately ridiculous offering to spark debate about what St Helena actually wanted. However the evidence suggests that its authors were actually serious.

The document was ‘shelved’ two months later and is no longer mentioned.

Read it and be amazed! (20.8Mb)

The following are extracted from comments printed in the St Helena Independent:

It is totally useless to try and create and develop St Helena into a place that is identical to some of the great modernised places around the world. Why would tourists want to come all this way for something like that when they could pay less and have it on their doorsteps?
…looks like a cross between Watford and Lego Land
A colossal waste of public money which should have been spent on real projects
Keeping the originality of St Helena is our best tourism attraction, if we kill it, we are doomed forever
Where can I get some of the stuff they were smoking when they came up with these ideas?

Closing Humour Saint Helena Island Info Jamestown

Laugh at funny Jamestown humour LOL Saint Helena Island Info


Credits:

{a} Thomas Worthington King, 16th November 1842{14}

{b} St Helena Travel on Facebook™

{c} Tourist Office

{d} Marc Lavaud/Tourist Office

{e} Mantis St Helena

{f} Gonny Pitlo

{g} Matt Joshua

{h} Into The Blue{14}

{i} Kindly supplied by Ian Bruce, September 2018.

{j} An Island Fortress (7.3Mb), by Ken Denholm, published in 2006

{k} Paul McCartney, Hobart, Australia{24}.

{l} UK National Archives MPH 1/251{14}{25}

{m} Ozias Humphreys

{n} By Augustus Earle (1793-1838)

{o} Durand Brager Débarcadère

{p} From Views of St Helena, by G.W. Melliss{26}, published in 1857

{q} Thomas Jackson, Island Chemist

{r} St Helena, The Historic Island, From Its Discovery To The Present Date, by E. L. Jackson, published in 1905

{s} St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society (SHATPS)

{t} Neil Fantom

{u} Sheila Cook, one of the Royal Engineers Team from 1978/80

{v} Andrew/Peter Neaum



Footnotes:

{1} Showing St. John’s Church (right), the Hospital (centre) and Maldivia Gardens (left).

{2} We have seen this map attributed to Bellin, 1764, but we cannot accept this attribution because the Lines were established in 1706 and the Castle was rebuilt in 1708 but neither of these is shown. If this map were drawn in 1764 it was around 60 years out-of-date.

{3} Note: no moat, which was not created until 1706.

{4} Note: the new (current) entrance into town, created by Governor Dallas in 1832.

{5} A higher resolution but monochrome version of this map exists.

{6} Notice the slave carrying wood in the foreground.

{7} If you look closely to the left you can see a cannon firing to salute an arriving ship.

{8} The building on the far left is Frith’s Cottage, home of the editor of this website and his family.

{9} There is no swimming pool or Leisure Park and St. James’ Church still has its spire, but apart from that the photo could almost have been taken yesterday!

{10} Postcard.

{11} This is actually Prince Andrew, who came here in 1984.

{12} 2016 Census: 629 from a total of 4,534.

{13} The second surviving son of Charles I and brother of Charles II; later James II of England.

{14} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

{15} See other debunked myths.

{16} The temperature in Jamestown is some 5°C warmer than the rest of the island.

{17} This is also why James’ Bay provides a safe anchorage, despite having no enclosing sea wall.

{18} 24/7 Shopping has yet to reach St Helena. Even most restaurants and cafés don’t open on Sundays.

{19} Though it is still accessible, via steps from behind the new Customs Building.

{20} It is, however, always referred to as just ‘Jamestown’, even on official documents, or more colloquially just as ‘Town’.

{21} Even if a suitable site could ever be identified.

{22} The bays in the middle of Main Street, from the roundabout down to Association Hall.

{23} With the assistance of MWAI Architects and PLC Architects.

{24} Paul’s father was the island’s doctor in the 1960s and Paul accompanied him here. Paul visited St Helena in June 2018 and kindly gave us permission to use these family photographs.

{25} Not to be confused with the St Helena Archives.

{26} Father of John Melliss.

{27} St Helena Independent, 1st February 2013, p23{14}.

{28} Taken from ‘Timeline for the island of Saint Helena, and the Royal Saint Helena Regiment, 1840-1849{14}.



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