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Chamberlain Bridge, Barbados

Chamberlain Bridge - Barbados, Barbados
Chamberlain Bridge
Bridgetown, Bridgetown, BarbadosMap
Neighborhood: Bridgetown
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In 1872 a swing bridge which could be operated by two men was erected in Bridgetown. It would open to allow the movement of small boats into the inner basin of the Careenage. The bridge was named for Joseph Chamberlain, a British Colonial Secretary, who in the 1890s played a key role in protecting the West Indian sugar industry from fierce competition in Europe. After many years of use the bridge fell into disrepair and was eventually closed in 1984. In 2006 the original swing bridge was replaced by a more modern lift bridge. Today the bridge is for pedestrians only and the attached boardwalk which runs the length of the wharf provides a scenic walk for Barbadians and visitors alike. -Marsilyn Browne

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