Derelict Homes Hold So Much Barbados History

Titilayo of Gallimaufry Blog talks about the restoration of the childhood home of cricketing legend Sir Frank Worrell – and the deterioration of some other homes of note. She also documents the sad state of the family home of renowned writer and poet Kamau Brathwaite.

Read Treasures Of Our Heritage at Gallimaufry blog.

(Copy and paste the above link as I can’t set the link right now due to a programme problem with WordPress)


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, History

7 responses to “Derelict Homes Hold So Much Barbados History

  1. Jupiter


    I don’t know who is doing these recent postings – I guess all of you – however I find they are not enjoyable as before.

    I appreciate variety but some of the postings have little interest for most of us,hence you see no one comments under these topics.

    I know it is not always easy BFP,so I’ll give you some slack but in your second year we’re looking forward to better things.

  2. Bajanboy

    One by one, Barbados’ rich built heritage is disappearing and being replaced by modern monstrosities. The problem is that we let buildings deteriorate until they are derelict, and then there is no choice to knock them down. The punishment for knocking down a listed building is also a joke, so developers have no incentive to redevelop the old buildings.

  3. BFP Cliverton Not Signed In

    Hello Jupiter

    Thank you for providing us with some feedback as it is often difficult to assess how we are doing from our view on the “inside”. We would love it if you could even go into a little more detail and tell us the names of posts or the types of subjects that you like or don’t like.

    We have always had a mix of postings at BFP, and not everyone likes every post or every type of post. Some of the more controversial posts gather many comments – but the statistics also show us that some of the more popular posts have zero comments.

    It seems strange, but that is the true picture from behind the scenes.

    The mood of the blog sometimes changes as one writer takes a break and someone else steps in. When Marcus goes away for a few days working, he doesn’t have internet access and if he hasn’t left us any drafts or ideas I think the blog shows it. (Yes, Marcus has been away for a couple of days.)

    The big change recently is that Robert has been posting on his first love which is aviation – after he became convinced that there are enough current and retired pilots on the island that no one will be able to track him down.

    There are also strategic reasons for our posting on everyday or even mundane topics. We gather a broader audience both on Barbados and internationally. Because we cover a variety of topics, the search engines seem to love Barbados Free Press, and that means that no matter where you are on this planet, if you are searching on anything to do with Barbados, you will usually encounter a BFP article.

    Last week, we had emails from a 13-year-old student in Utah and a businessman in Switzerland who had both accidentally discovered BFP while doing some research on Barbados on the internet. They were each kind enough to send us a note of encouragement and thanks for the information that they found on BFP.

    We believe that BFP has an international presence that is entirely out of proportion to what should be expected for a part time little blog from a small island.

    Much of our success comes from having a diverse range articles to attract readers, but once they find BFP many look around and start to visit regularly if they have an ongoing interest in Barbados.

    And that must drive the elites mad – because there is a big difference between the government’s BLP blog receiving a pathetic 24 visits per day – and a blog like Barbados Free Press that received 100,000 unique visitors in January and keeps on growing!

    So let us know in more detail what types of articles you like, and we’ll do our best.


  4. Jupiter

    Thanks Cliverton.

    I will give some serious thought and get back to you.

    As you all know I love you all bad,some my comments were strictly meant to be constructive.


  5. Cliverton and Jupiter-

    Very refreshing to hear all this. Like Jupiter I wondered how you chose subjects, and noticed that some provoke no comments, while others go on ad nauseam. It is therefore intriguing that despite having few or nil comments, a post can get a lot of hit activity. Could hit activity be indicated?

    Certainly Google is filled with references to you these days on many subjects, and this is a remarkable compliment to your industry as amateurs. You are a varied enough team to have diverse interests, and literate and intelligent enough to mix it up with us on par. I don’t agree with your stand on some of the subjects you love to bring up under a new guise, but I certainly can’t fault you for it. It’s your playing field after all.

    I have some topics which I am suprised you have not tackled and would be glad to submit them for consideration.

    For instance it intrigues me that nothing has been said about the inordinate delay on setting up a Commission of Enquiry on the burning down of Glendairy.

    So much time has passed that it will be wasted money to dig up the ashes so many years later, although I feel responsibility for it should be identified. It happened on Mia’s watch, so she must carry the can. Yet she came over like Rudy Giuliani as a national hero to set matters right, when she should never have let the discord that gave rise to it go unnoticed and remedied in the first place.

    Should topics be suggested here or in an email to you? Do you feel you are perhaps tackling too many posts at one time? It sure takes up a lot of time to keep abreast of everything. It’s a good thing I am retired!

  6. P.S. That should read “UNremedied” in the penultimate paragraph. Sorry.

  7. BFP

    Hi Freespeech

    Thank you for your kind words and suggestions.

    We were talking about this last week as the power went out in the middle of a passing storm. This blog has grown totally out of control in terms of the volume of email and spam alone… but also in our ability to keep everything current and interesting on a part time basis.

    We each have real jobs and real lives, but the blog is taking over everything. Bringing George on board to take care of the spam has been a big help, but we are still not posting as many major articles as we would like.

    In short – we need more help from folks who are willing to research and write articles on some of the major topics that impact Barbados.

    If you want to research and write a few articles, we and all the BFP readers would appreciate it. New voices, new opinions and new perspectives are always welcome.

    You can email us your stories and suggestions at…

    Don’t forget to keep a copy and to follow up if you don’t see your article printed. Those spam filters are iffy on most days.