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Longwood, St Helena Island

Longwood

Longwood is the second largest district by area (after Blue Hill) and home to around 18% of the island’s population. It includes the principal settlements of...
Hugging a tree in Levelwood

Levelwood

You get Levelwood either from Sandy Bay or from Hutt’s gate (at the main Jamestown-Longwood road). Levelwood is on the southwest side of the central peaks...
Half Tree Hollow, St Helena Island

Half Tree Hollow

Half Tree Hollow can be clearly seen as you approach St Helena on the RMS St Helena, just up Jacob’s Ladder from Jamestown, it is the island’s most populou...
Blue Hill, St Helena Island

Blue Hill

Apart from a few isolated cottages, Blue Hill is empty - of people at least. It has been suggested that the population of farm animals exceeds that of people by...
James Bay : Jamestown

Jamestown

Named in 1660 after in honour of the Duke of York, later James II of England, to celebrate the restoration of the Monarchy in England.  Jamestown is built on ...
Alarm Forest : St Helena Island

Alarm Forest

Alarm Forest is located between the districts of Jamestown and Longwood, being desirable because it is higher than Jamestown, and thus cooler in summer whil...

SLAVERY

St. Helena was colonised by the English in 1659, and at that time the use of slaves was commonplace. Slaves were first brought mostly from East Africa or Madag...

Discovery and naming

St. Helena Island is named after Saint Helena, a christian saint.  Saint Helena or Saint Helen (in Latin Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta), c.250 - c.330ad, was th...

The St Helena Regiment

For well over twenty years St. Helena was garrisoned by its own infantry regiment, Her Majesty’s St. Helena Regiment of Foot; the most popular corps to serv...

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte (15th August 1769 to 5th May 1821), also known as Emperor Napoleon I, was a military and political leader of France whose actions shaped ...