Janice Mann: “Transforming Barbados into Bimshire: The Building Projects of Bishop William Hart Coleridge (1789-1849)” – October 19, 2005  



When William Hart Coleridge arrived in Barbados in 1825, the Bishop immediately embarked upon a campaign of building churches, hiring clergy, and educating both whites and blacks.  The new churches constructed by the Bishop, evoked the architecture of the English middle ages, creating a sharp contrast with the earlier edifices.  By building churches and schools with features that conflated Christian faith with cultural enrichment, architectural beauty with the Motherland, and piety with Englishness, the Bishop did more to entrench Englishness on Barbados than to further the position of the emancipated slaves.    

Janice Mann


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