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Levelwood

Quiet and rural

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Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man
Charles Darwin

Levelwood; as rural as Blue Hill though somewhat smaller.

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Sharks Valley, Great Stone Top and George Island [Saint Helena Island Info:Levelwood]
Sharks Valley, Great Stone Top and George Island

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About Levelwood

There are two ways to reach Levelwood: from Sandy Bay or from Hutt’s gate (at the main Jamestown-Longwood road). Levelwood is on the southwest side of the central peaks of the island, and the road passing through it is the road which zigzags all around the peaks, and which also serves as the border of Diana’s Peak National Park.

Welcome sign [Saint Helena Island Info:Levelwood]

Coming from Hutt’s Gate, you enter Levelwood district at Woody Ridge, where an old flax mill is located. Continuing on, the first sign of Levelwood’s main settlement is the building of the former first school, which was closed in the early 1990s and is now a Community Centre. Then you will pass the clinic (refurbished in 2011), before reaching the Silver Hill turn-off. This is where both the Levelwood shop and the Silver Hill bar are located: the centre of the settlement. Taking the turn-off, you pass through an area with quite a few houses before the road turns into gravel at the place which gave the district its name. Continuing on the road to Sandy Bay, scattered houses can be found and the start of a number of walks, for example to Great Stone Top which is a landmark of the area.

Around 9% of the island’s population live in Levelwood{1} and people tend to stay close to where they were raised: in 2015 all but two of the ‘Knipe’s listed in the Telephone Book live in Levelwood.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are very strongly represented here, though their main place of worship is in Half Tree Hollow. There is no Anglican church so services are held at the Community Centre.

In 1987, there was hardly any electricity in the district. Electricity was only connected to the Rock Rose area in 2009.

One of the island’s more famous ruins, Rock Rose, for a long time owned by Solomon & Company but now privately held and to be restored, is on the edge of Levelwood village.

Rock Rose, 2014 [Saint Helena Island Info:Levelwood]
Rock Rose, 2014

Shark’s Valley is a pleasant walk and not too difficult.

Shark’s Valley [Saint Helena Island Info:Levelwood]
Shark’s Valley

The Bellstone

A curious feature in the district is the Bellstone - a rock which, when struck, rings like a bell. Legend says the ringer is granted a wish{2}. Although curious, it is rarely visited, probably due to the long drive necessary. If you can’t make the journey you can still hear the Bellstone (but you don’t get a wish)…{3}

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Bellstone, 1875 [Saint Helena Island Info:Levelwood]
Bellstone, 1875{a}

The Future

St Helena’s new Airport is located partly in Levelwood, though all access to it is from the adjacent Longwood direction.

No significant developments are planned for the area. It seems likely that in ten years time Levelwood will look very much as it does today.

JamestownHalf Tree HollowSt Paul’sLongwoodAlarm ForestBlue HillLevelwoodSandy Bay

Districts of St Helena [Saint Helena Island Info:Levelwood]

Alarm ForestBlue HillHalf Tree HollowJamestownLevelwoodLongwoodSandy BaySt Paul’s

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Credits:

{a} John Melliss from ‘St Helena: A Physical, Historical and Topographical Description of the Island, including the Geology, Fauna, Flora and Meteorology’, by John Melliss, published in 1875.



Footnotes:

{1} 2016 Census: 369 from a total population of 4,534.

{2} For other debunked myths see our Myths Debunked! page.

{3} The Levelwood Bellstone is not the only one on St Helena. Another has been discovered above Rupert’s, in an area of scrub, but it is not reaadily accessible. Any others remain to be documented.



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