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Review of Cottle Church

Ranked #7 of 56 things to do in Nevis
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Owner description: See the ruins of this church, otherwise known as St. Mark’s Chapel of Ease. Slaves and free men could once worship here together.
Reviewed 20 January 2014

Saw this as part of an island tour - very informative display boards on the history of the church, and in a sublime setting too.

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Reviewed 6 January 2014

The ruins of Thomas Cottle's church stand a short walk away from the Mt. Nevis Hotel. Elegant in themselves, these ruins are also representative of milestone in the history of slavery in the Americas. Cottle built this first church where both slaves and whites worshipped together as a testimony to his belief that all people are equal in the sight of their lord. A small pavilion holds a detailed account of the role of this church in the movement to abolish slavery in the Caribbean. Although Cottle was not an abolitionist (he was a realist who knew that a sudden end to slavery would be economically devastating to both the slaves and their masters), the memorial plaque to him reproduced in the pavilion shows a truly caring and concerned man whose actions represent one small step toward slavery's end in the 1830s in the British parts of the Caribbean.

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

A lot of work went into restoring this church. There is an area in the back to the left side of the church that described the history of the church, and the political and social background at that time. It was fascinating to read, and was a pleasant addition to our Nevis Island tour.

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This church is a significant piece of history, as the landowner built it for Whites and Blacks to worship together, during an era when this did not generally take place. Time has not been kind to the building, as it has lost its roof and part of the wall. Nevertheless, a local historical group has set up very good signs about its history. The grounds are well-kept, and a pavilion shelters a couple signs. The church is just off the lane leading to the Mt. Nevis Resort, and is a worthwhile stop for anyone wishing to learn a little bit of local history.

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Need a car but worth it. The first church where black and white people were encouraged to worship together.

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