In 1989 the president of the Nevis Historical & Conservation Society, Hon. Spencer Byron, asked an expatriot resident of Nevis, Clive Mitchell, whether he could help to save the ruins of a much loved historical monument, the Cottle Church, a church built before Emancipation by a planter for the enslaved people on his estate to worship together with his family.
Subsequently a charity was formed in the UK with the same terms of reference as the Nevis Society and was registered with the Charity Commission as The Nevis Historical & Conservation Trust (no. 1002304). Besides supporting the local Society to which it is affiliated, the Trust began to raise funds to rescue the ruins of the church from further deterioration.
The Trust has five trustees: three based in the UK and two in Nevis.
Owing to the generosity of the Chaderton family who own the land on which the church lies the Trust acquired a lease on the half acre site in 1990.
The aim of the conservation project has been to preserve the site for the public to enjoy, to be a meeting point for activities consonant with its tranquil character and to inform visitors of its place in the development of human relations.The Trust relies for its work solely on voluntary contributions.
“A lovely setting"
“Beautiful, peaceful location - quite emotional”
“Quiet and contemplative”
“First integrated church in the caribbean”
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