Pre Note – Beware of the ADS at the end of the post. I suppose I’ll be going Premium soon!
I remember the first time I laid eyes on Sir Stewart back in 2011, It was love at first sight as I couldn’t help but fall for Its mystique and exuberant charm. The second trip was compliments of Ivor and KeVaughn. Backtrack to another side of Trelawny where we made that amazing discovery. My usual excited giddiness over took me as i anticipated the sight ahead. I suppose most persons would never be able to understand what could be so exciting about looking at an old ruin but for me it was my chance to mentally re-imagine history.
- Designated Jamaica National Heritage Trust site
- Started as a sugar plantation built with slave labour in the mid 1750’s
- Cut-stone mansion designed like a fortress and built by James Stewart, whose son, also James, was Custos of Trelawny from 1812 and who was instrumental in the establishment of Stewart Town, in Trelawny.
- It appears to have been a three-storey structure consisting of a cellar, ground floor and first floor.
- Four hundred (400) yards from the castle ruins in a south-eastern direction lies a Taino site which was found and excavated by Charles Cotter in 1957.
It’s still a mystery to me why The Castle was built at that location especially since it seemingly loses any visual connection with that breath-taking view of the sea – perhaps security was of much more importance now that I think about it.
Despite that, it claimed the land it owned!
Walking through the outhouse:
I think what I enjoyed most, aside from interpreting what the originally could possibly have been like, was capturing the framed views throughout the ruin as seen in the photos below:
I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was different about this trip so i dug up the captures from the first visit. Not only was there a ghastly undertone as a result of an impending storm (yea – rain seems to love threatening the likelihood of my exploits) , but there was also far less ‘untreated shrubbery’ (a phrase I cleverly coined for the term bush). Hopefully their Development Proposal is still in the pipelines! Only time will tell.
See: jnht.com/development_stewart_castle.php for more info
P.S> Happy Birthday Celia! Miss you and Love you tonnnnns sis 😀