Every Journey Needs a Quest

Bridgetown’s most historic bridge is called Chamberlain Bridge. This handsome Victorian bridge is named after Joseph Chamberlain, the then British Secretary of State for the Colonies. It was a swing bridge from 1872 until it was upgraded to a lifting bridge about 15 years ago.

It’s from a long line of bridges built at this site. Destroyed by hurricane, flood or fire, they go back to the island’s colonisation in the 1620s.

But guess what? This is my favourite bit. When Europeans arrived in Barbados, they found a bridge was already there. Which was strange, because they didn’t find any people on the island. Just the bridge.

We have to come under Chamberlain Bridge to park the dinghy. There are two sections you can go under. Either the newer lifting part lined by wood, or the older stone arch. We do both. Sometimes we skim the side, so we all…

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