PHOTO OF THE DAY: History in ruins

My name is Roger Thomas.

This is a picture of the old Hampstead Methodist Church just outside the village of Hampstead near Calibishie.

I took this picture as it is a pretty building and is in relatively good condition for its age. It always catches my attention whenever I pass it and always saddens me whenever I see historic buildings left in a state of neglect. So I intend to adopt this building when I retire and restore it to a better condition worthy of a former house of God and hopefully nice tourist attraction.

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  1. Esther
    September 14, 2010

    This is not only a picture of an old church, it is a picture of history, religion, love, education, joy, all things good. When it is renovated to its glory, it will be pleasing to all, especially to God and those long gone Methodists. I agree to a Renovation Fund and would gladly send a donation. We should all make enquiries to Arthie Martin and his team.

    September 7, 2010

    @princess y:

    The originator with the involvement of DOL and other threaders can commencing a FFUNDING process to bring this beautiful building to its original condition.

  3. the weather man
    September 7, 2010

    Where is the great Arthurton Martin and his Dominica Conservation Society. Here is a historical building which surely needs his attention , but he was so busy trying to save an insignificant stone wall which with no help from him has been beautifully restored.
    Arthurton please use sorson al me of that Levi Strauss & Green peace to do some good,stop keeping the largess only for your personal use

  4. September 6, 2010

    @ohyeayea: were did you went to school ….

  5. A . Chris Joseph
    September 6, 2010

    My dad went to school there. His name is Rupert John Joseph Sr and he currently resides in Delaware. I recall the days when we would drive pass on our usual Sunday tours and he would recount stories of his daily journeys from Calibishie to Hampstead and back home in the evening. He would talk about feeding his goats before setting out for school in the morning; about taking head-dives from the Hampstead bridge into the river; about asking birds on the telegraph wires whether they were late for school; about his teachers; about changing his goats when he got home in the evening; etc. I would often think, “boy, I would not have been able to survive this lifestyle”. The Conservation Association or some other heritage trust should do something about this victorian building.

  6. lisad
    September 6, 2010

    It would be nice to know how old this building is.My mother went to school there too.There were the sweetest cherries and julie mangoes in the yard on the opposite side of the cemetry.This picture is truly nostalgic. I MISS THOSE CHILDHOOD DAYS.

  7. voompeh
    September 6, 2010

    Only someone with no vision would deny the true beauty of this pic

  8. princess y
    September 6, 2010



  9. ohyeayea
    September 6, 2010

    please ppl tell me whats soooooooo gorgeous about this pic????????

  10. Eco girl
    September 6, 2010

    Great picture on a beatiful day.More of these type of pictures instead of the concrete jungle stuff.

  11. Anonymous
    September 6, 2010

    This is so true, such good building being neglected, somebody do something about it.

  12. patriot
    September 6, 2010

    i do agree with you mr. thomas, i know of someone who has shown interest in purchasing this property because he believes that this building is worth preserving. my late grang father went to school there,my parents too. i also attended funerals there. we need to preserve our history.if the methodist church cannot maintain then they should allow someone who can.

  13. Anonymous
    September 6, 2010

    I love this picture

  14. lisad
    September 6, 2010

    This is where I attended Sunday school and bible study.A great pic indeed.

  15. Famme Beff
    September 6, 2010

    Such a beautiful piece of history. Good Job Mr. Thomas.

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