Saint Philip, Barbados

Saint Philip is a parish of Barbados at the easternmost end of the island. Saint Philip’s Parish Church was built as the Anglican parish church in 1640.[2]

Saint Philip
Map of Barbados showing the Saint Philip parish
Coordinates: 13°07′N 59°28′W
CountryBarbados
Largest citySix Cross Roads
Government
  TypeParliamentary democracy
  Parliamentary seats3
Area
  Total60 km2 (23.17 sq mi)
Population
 (2010 census)
  Total30,662
  Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeBB-10[1]

St. Philip has the largest land area of the 11 parishes of Barbados and has a relatively flat 'close to sea-level' terrain. St. Philip has the largest area of crop cultivation making it locally considered "the country". St. Philip does not have a 'true' city as some other parishes but rather 'areas' and 'villages'. Six Cross Roads is the largest area by virtue of both commercial and residential population and is the central hub for the parish.

Six Cross Roads, or locally known as just Six Roads, is a roundabout and its immediate neighborhood of which six roads converge extended in from the west 'from city' (Bridgetown); north-west toward Four Cross Roads and St. George; north-east toward Bushy Park; east toward Bayfield; south-east toward The Crane; south-west toward Oistins. Though there are a few areas in Barbados known as 'Four Cross Roads' there is only one area known as 'Six Cross Roads'. This parish is home to the only 'dependency' of Barbados called Culpepper Island. This tiny rock in the ocean is used as a feeding ground for sheep but cannot be reached unless by boat or by foot at low tide. The parish of Saint Philip is the main on-shore area of Barbados involved in the local oil industry.

St. Philip is well-known on the local music and entertainment scene for producing entertainers. Well-known calypsonians and performers Red Plastic Bag, John King, Ronnie D. and Lil Rick all hail from this eastern parish. It was also the first parish to have its own carnival - The St. Philip Carnival. A 2020 song by calypsonian Ronnie D called the 'St Philip Anthem' honours the parish.

Geography

Populated places

The parish contains the following towns, villages, localities, settlements, communities and hamlets:

  • Bayfield
  • Bayleys
  • Bel Air
  • Bentleys
  • Blades
  • Blades Hill
  • Brereton
  • Carrington
  • Caveland
  • Church Village
  • Foul Bay
  • Four Roads
  • Gaskin
  • Gemswick
  • Kirtons
  • Marchfield
  • Saint Martins
  • Sam Lords
  • Six Cross Roads
  • Ragged Point
  • Sunbury
  • The Crane
  • Three Houses
  • Woodbourne
  • Workhall
  • Rices
  • Ruby

Places of interest

  • Bayleys Plantation
  • Bottom Bay
  • Bushy Park Circuit
  • Crane Beach
  • Foursquare Rum Distillery
  • King George V Memorial Park
  • Ragged Point Lighthouse
  • Sam Lord's Castle and Beach
  • St. Philip Parish Church
  • Skeete's Bay
  • Sunbury Plantation
  • Three Houses Park
  • Saint Martins Church

Parishes bordering Saint Philip

References

  1. iso:code:3166:BB, International Organization for Standardization
  2. "Church's History". www.anglican.bb. Anglican Diocese of Barbados. Retrieved 4 August 2020.


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