Broad Street in the spotlight

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 01 November 2012

thingsbajansite

From today and until the rest of November, we will focus on things Barbados as this country celebrates its independence. Every day we will be highlighting Barbadian sayings, artefacts unique to the country, as well as personalities, icons, some places and things that reflect Barbados. Today the spotlight is on Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown, which from tonight will be lit up to reflect the start of Independence celebrations. Broad Street was once part of a long narrow street named Cheapside, which was declared in 1657 to be reserved “for a market place and other publique uses”. The name Cheapside now applies only to the western end. In the 17th century it was also called the Exchange Street and New England Street. Broad Street is the main shopping and commercial centre. At one time, the Nelson statue was situated at the top of the ironically narrow street – Broad only in name. Source: A-Z of Barbadian Heritage

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