St. Bartholomew's Church

St. Bartholomew's Church had an unfortunate beginning; just one year after the construction of the original building, the church was destroyed by the hurricane that ravaged the island of Barbados on August 11th, 1831. Despite its rough beginnings, the church was rebuilt and was consecrated on 27th May, 1833 by Bishop William Hart Coleridge, even though 'The Barbadian Newspaper' dated 5th June, 1836 stated that at the time that the Christ Church Parish Church was consecrated,  the St. Bartholomew's Church was "still in ruins".  In any case we know that St. Bartholomew's Church was rebuilt during the first phase of the Coleridge building programme in Barbados.


St. Bartholomew's Church is situated at Charnock's in the parish of Christ Church and is constructed on lands that were donated by John Newton Lane who owned the Seawell Plantation located in the same parish. This church is located quite near to Barbados' only airport, The Grantley Adams International Airport and just a short distance away from the beginning of Barbados' ABC Highway.


Since its construction, St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church appears to have maintained a regular programme of maintenance including both cosmetic and structural renovations. In 1930 the entire roof of the church was replaced with a steel structure while a stone pulpit took the place of the original one made of wood in 1938. All of the church's windows were replaced between 1994 and 1995 while in 2001 the sacristy and chancel were completely restored.


Today, this church sits quite comfortably among the industries of the Grantley Adams Industrial Park and the ultra modern international airport, easily linking Barbados' rich past to its bright future. Incidentally, one of Barbados' and the West Indies' cricketing greats, Malcolm Marshall, is interred in the cemetery at St. Bartholomew's Church. This little church is surely worth a visit the next time you are in the area.



Sundays  -  7:00 am & 9:30 am


Contact Information

Telephone (Office)  - 
(246) 428-7129
Rectory  - (246) 428-1616




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