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Longwood

More than just Napoleon…

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The woods are hush’d, their music is no more;The leaf is dead, the yearning past away.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Longwood is most famous for housing St Helena’s best-known exile, but it also has strong connections to the island’s future.

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Longwood is in the north-east of St Helena. It is the second largest district by area (after Blue Hill) and is home to around 18% of the island’s population{1}. Principal settlements in Longwood district are:

  • Longwood Village;

  • Deadwood; and

  • Bottom Woods.

There are four geological structures of note: Flagstaff; adjacent to it, The Barn; Fisher’s Valley; and Prosperous Bay Plain, site of the St Helena Airport.

Activities

Longwood Bus Shelter Saint Helena Island Info
Longwood Bus Shelter

Longwood Golf Club is just outside Longwood Village, on the road to Bottom Woods (just opposite Piccolo Hill). There is only room for a nine-hole course so you have to go around twice. There is a warm welcome for visiting golfers.

Pub Paradise (see article below) is a popular entertainment venue in Longwood Village, just inside Longwood Gate. There is a Meteorological Station situated just beyond Longwood Village. The vast majority of the island’s Renewable Energy is generated by the wind turbins, situated on Deadwood Plain.

Less formally, many people gather around the Longwood Bus Shelter, on Longwood Green. All that is needed is a portable music system and a few beers and you have a party!

Exiles

St Helena’s most famous exile, Napoleon Bonaparte spent most of his time here at Longwood House, arriving on 10th December 1815 and dying there on 5th May 1821. His Tomb is also in Longwood district.

Longwood Avenue 19th Century Saint Helena Island Info
19th Century photo of Longwood Avenue, showing Longwood House, Napoleon’s residence

The Boer Prisoners that stayed here from 1900-1902 were housed in two camps: one at Broad Bottom in Blue Hill district and the other on Deadwood Plain.

Other history

The placenames of the northern part of the district (Longwood, Deadwood and Bottom Woods) all relate to the ‘Great Wood’ which originally covered this area (‘A History of the Island of St Helena’, by T. H. Brooke, Esq., published in 1808. records the area’s name as ‘Long Wood’). The Great Wood was destroyed by the early settlers and is now, in part, being re-created as the Millenium Forest.

The Diplomatic Wireless Station that operated from the late 1960s to the 1970s was based around Deadwood Plain.

The road from Jamestown originally ran only as far as Hutt’s Gate. It was extended to Longwood in the 1780s when Governor Brooke identified the Longwood area as good for agriculture.

Wirebirds

There is a major Wirebird site in the district, at Deadwood Plain.

Longwood in pictures

Flagstaff & The Barn Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Flagstaff & The Barn

Turks Cap from The Barn Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Turks Cap, from The Barn

Flagstaff from Deadwood Plain Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Flagstaff, from Deadwood Plain

St Helena Airport Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
St Helena Airport{a}

Longwood House Saint Helena Island Info
Longwood House

Napoleon’s Tomb Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Napoleon’s Tomb

The Millennium Forest (2013) Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
The Millennium Forest (2013)

Signal Station Prosperous Bay Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Signal Station, Prosperous Bay

Wind Turbines on Deadwood Plain Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Wind Turbines on Deadwood Plain

Wirebirds live on Deadwood Plain Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Wirebirds live on Deadwood Plain

The Golf Course Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
The Golf Course

Flagstaff from Napoleon’s Tomb Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Flagstaff, from Napoleon’s Tomb

Longwood Gate Saint Helena Island Info
Longwood Gate{b}

Longwood Green Saint Helena Island Info
Longwood Green

Pub Paradise Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Pub Paradise{c}

Meteorological Station Bottom Woods Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Meteorological Station, Bottom Woods

St. Matthew’s Church Hutt’s Gate Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
St. Matthew’s Church, Hutt’s Gate

Towards King & Queen Rocks Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Towards King & Queen Rocks

Boer Camp on Deadwood Plain 1902 Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Boer Camp on Deadwood Plain, 1902

DWS buildings Deadwood Plain 1970s Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
DWS buildings, Deadwood Plain, 1970s

Sunset behind Flagstaff Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
Sunset behind Flagstaff{d}

19th Century(?) illustration Saint Helena Island Info Longwood
19th Century(?) illustration

Longwood Flagstaff & The Barn Saint Helena Island Info
Longwood, Flagstaff & The Barn{e}

JamestownHalf Tree HollowSt Paul’sLongwoodAlarm ForestBlue HillLevelwoodSandy Bay

Districts of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Longwood

Alarm ForestBlue HillHalf Tree HollowJamestownLevelwoodLongwoodSandy BaySt Paul’s

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More stories on our page Read articles about St Helena.

Article: Party in Paradise

By Andrew Turner, published in the St Helena Sentinel 26th October 2017{f}

Pub Paradise logo Saint Helena Island Info Longwood

Pub Paradise reopening celebrated

Invited guests met at the newly renovated Pub Paradise bar in Longwood at 3pm Friday, Oct. 20th to enjoy free drinks and to view the renovated premises. Formerly owned and operated by KJ, Pub Paradise is now owned and operated by V2 Taxi Partners. The accountant for Pub Paradise made the opening speech:

Some may say that God created Heaven and Earth, but one thing is certain: Lucy, Patrick and their hand-picked, creatively skilled workforce have created Paradise.

As you can see, there has been an amazing amount of work done in order to modernise the premises.

Lucille Johnson, one of the founding V2 members, then addressed the gathered guests:

It is a great achievement to stand up and say that, although not done, we are enough finished to let you experience our bar. We also managed to get our delivery service so that you can test our products as well. The main thing is to say a very big thank you to all of my staff, who have helped me to pull this together.

At 5pm, other members of the public packed into Paradise with the invited guests.

The reopening party was the public’s first chance to view the building since its renovations, which included an extension to the existing bar area as well as the introduction of a Costa Coffee style coffee shop. Pub Paradise also offers what some, after Friday, described as ‘the closest thing to KFC on the island.’ Live music from local band Island Politics, and then a DJ, entertained the crowd until late in the night.

Closing Humour Saint Helena Island Info Longwood

Laugh at funny Longwood humour LOL Saint Helena Island Info


Credits:

{a} Google Maps™

{b} Derek Richards

{c} Pub Paradise.

{d} St Helena National Trust

{e} Ed Thorpe

{f} Reproduced{2} with permission from South Atlantic Media Services Ltd (SAMS)



Footnotes:

{1} 2016 Census: 790 from a total population of 4,534.

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



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