Glendairy can be money maker

Barbados is missing out on the opportunity to utilize the historic Glendairy Prison as a major tourist attraction, according to Sir Henry Fraser.

Sir Henry said use of the former jail at Station Hill, St Michael as a multifaceted prison museum and entertainment site would contribute to boosting the country’s development and economic status.

The noted historian explained that many Barbadians might not know that only about five per cent of the former correctional facility was destroyed in the 2005 fire.

“When the word went out that there was a fire there and that Glendairy Prison had burnt down, many people assumed that to be the truth. But it is very far from the truth,” he said in the Senate today during debate on a resolution seeking to vest in the Central Bank of Barbados, a parcel of land situated at Church Village, The City for the redevelopment of the City District by the bank.

“It is an amazing building which people gasp when they stand in front of that male block. The Glendairy Prison [sustained] a little damage in the kitchen block and one of the five blocks of the female section, all amounting to what I think is about five percent of the total prison.”

Sir Henry told the Upper Chamber that various sections of the prison remained intact, including the workshop and administrative areas and 14 acres of land.

He complained that currently only “a few ducks and a few piglets” could be found at the prison site.

He said it was an opportunity that was going to waste.

“This is an opportunity for Barbados which we are sitting on and there I say sleeping over. Prison museums around the world are the most important attraction,” the senator pointed out.

The historian also reminded Barbadians that the Old Supreme Court built in 1733 was also abandoned, with parts of it falling apart.

Sir Henry noted that the relatively minor cosmetic problem on the Court could be readily solved in a matter of weeks if the appropriate responsible authorities took note and fixed it, saving the citizens of Barbados an embarrassment. (AH)

17 Responses to Glendairy can be money maker

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 10, 2016 at 6:05 am


  2. Sunshine Williams March 10, 2016 at 6:55 am

    I agree. Too many buildings in Barbados are abandoned and left to just rot and be major eyesores, rodent-ridden Nd dangerous housing for criminals. There are so many buildings which couldnbe refurbished and used as various facilities.

    I am still waiting to see the day that the old Mutual Building in lower Broad Street is turned in to an extended arm of the University of the West Indies as originally planned. That now seems to be the home of a vagrant. And what is to become of the old NIS Building in Fairchild Street?

  3. Tête La
    Tête La March 10, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I told the people so, but I was dismisses as talking rubbish; I will stop talking in rum-shops and start talking to media

  4. Shawn Walrond
    Shawn Walrond March 10, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Turn it into a museum

  5. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes March 10, 2016 at 8:13 am

    The opportunities this can provide are endless! Start the movement #ReviveGlendairy

  6. The BajanZindy
    The BajanZindy March 10, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Wasn’t HMP Dodds meant to be temporary, until HMP Glendairy was to be rebuild?
    I mean, can’t both prisons be used? I don’t believe a prison is a tourist attraction, but maybe de Guv’ment can rent some spare space to other Caricom nations.

  7. Leroy March 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I don’t know about a prison museum but these old building can be put back into commission just as soon as we formulate good uses for them and borrow the $.

  8. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria March 10, 2016 at 10:44 am
  9. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi March 10, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I want to go to the beach not to prison lol..

  10. Andrew Rudder March 10, 2016 at 10:57 am

    What? After a decade of quarantine a refurbishment should be put in place and the installation of a Police and Prison Service museum should be integrated with paraphernalia and photo graphs of major criminal scenes and occurrences during the Her Majesty’s Prison commission on the island.

  11. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck March 10, 2016 at 10:58 am
  12. Andrew Rudder March 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Glendairy Barbados has an architecture of its own! It’s a very impressive edifice when seen from a south western approach into the coastal shore line off the island. Nothing is more striking in architecture than it when in clear view. I’m hoping that abandoned edifices is not the culture of the nationals of Barbados.

  13. Roland Taylor
    Roland Taylor March 10, 2016 at 11:15 am


  14. Angel Marshall BSc
    Angel Marshall BSc March 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Fully endorsed

  15. Loretta Griffith March 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I too, agree Glendairy prison is a most beautiful piece of architecture and should not be allowed to just lie idle.
    We really need persons who are proactive in making decisions.
    Things seem to be falling apart in Barbados.

    Seems like everybody is doing as they like.

  16. dave March 11, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Certain people do not know how to make money


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