More than just Napoleon…

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 our 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:

There are four geological structures of note:


Longwood Bus Shelter
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 - a good place to stop for a cup of coffee, or maybe a meal. There is a Meteorological Station situated just beyond Longwood Village. The vast majority of the island’s Renewable Energy is generated by the wind turbines, 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!

Stay here?

From our Where To Stay page:

Longwood is about a 20 minute drive from Jamestown. Not much actually happens in Longwood, but it is convenient for access to the Napoleonic Sites such as Longwood House and Napoleon’s Tomb (The Briars Pavilion is in Alarm Forest). Cross-country routes exist to all parts of the island. Accommodation is limited to self-catering or bed-and-breakfast.


St Helena’s most famous exile, Napoleon 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.

The Boer PoWs that were held 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 place names 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 Millennium 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 Hutts Gate. It was extended to Longwood in the 1780s when Governor Brooke identified the Longwood area as good for agriculture.

The map below (extracted from the 1872 Royal Engineers map) shows Longwood Village in 1872, with features such as Longwood New House, the Longwood Windmill, the Longwood Observatory and Apple Cottage, later site of the area’s Cinema (the building marked ‘Farm’ is Bertrand’s Cottage, a.k.a. Longwood Farmhouse):

The public toilets were refurbished in October 2020.


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

Longwood in pictures

‍Longwood Gate‍

The current Longwood Gate (see above) looks old - maybe even 18th Century, and yet we find the illustration shown below. We suspect this is a variation of Artistic Licence, in that the artist hadn’t actually been here and seen the real structure so when they told him there was ‘a gate’ this is what he imagined. If you know otherwise please contact us.

JamestownHalf Tree HollowSt PaulsLongwoodAlarm ForestBlue HillLevelwoodSandy Bay

Districts of St Helena

Alarm Forest • Blue Hill • Half Tree Hollow • Jamestown • Levelwood • Longwood • Sandy Bay • St Pauls • Maps of St Helena

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Article: Party in Paradise

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

Pub Paradise logo

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.

We do have a TV service but it’s a bit restricted…

{a} Google Maps™{b} The RSPB{c} Chris and Sheila Hillman{d} Derek Richards{e} Pub Paradise{f} St Helena National Trust{g} Ed Thorpe{h} sthelenablog.wordpress.com{i} SH Travel{j} Tourist Office{k} South Atlantic Media Services Ltd (SAMS){4}

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{1} 2016 Census: 790 from a total population of 4,534.{2} For an explanation of the name see our page Place Names.{3} The island’s next Census will be taken in 2021, to assess the impact of the airport since 2016.{4} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.{5} Source: 2016 Census{3}.

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