Cottle Church
Cottle Church
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See the ruins of this church, otherwise known as St. Mark’s Chapel of Ease. Slaves and free men could once worship here together.
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ393 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Our tour of Nevis included a stop at the ruins of the Cottle Church. Built by lawyer Thomas Cottle (1822-24), this Anglican church is notable as the first church on Nevis that welcomed everyone, including slaves, to worship. Well worth a visit.
Written 8 May 2023
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Julie C
11 contributions
Sept 2020
When I first came to Nevis in 2014 I was told there were scorpions in the grounds...never seen them. Location interesting and near to a hotel to take refreshments.
Written 1 September 2020
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Elizabeth G
Godalming, UK61 contributions
Jan 2020
We had hired a car and were mooching around the island when we came across this little church ruin down a side road leading to a large hotel.
It's been preserved as a ruin and somehow it feels right that it has been done like this. The information boards were very interesting, reading about the slaves of that congregation and the fact that this was the first church where slaves and whites were allowed to worship together. Quite moving!
Written 15 February 2020
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sharkleberry
Toronto, Canada297 contributions
Jan 2020
A quiet space of contemplation, and a lot of conflicting thoughts when reading through the information they provide on the builder and his history. The actual site is beautiful, and to read the names of the persons who were enslaved and built the church and worshipped there is extremely powerful. Highly recommend.
Written 12 January 2020
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Carole B
4 contributions
Nov 2019
The first church to have black and white worshippers together, the list of names and ages on the wall is intense reading
Written 17 November 2019
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JohnBEngland
England22 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Within walking distance from the Newcastle road in the grounds of The Mount Hotel, this is a fascinating slice of history - the first church in the region to welcome both white and black congregations. The founder was clearly well loved in the Nevis community.
Written 25 April 2019
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Michelle T
19 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Well maintained and good point of interest; we stumbled upon this because it was a geocache site per our geocache app and turned out to be a pleasant surprise; kids weren’t too interested in the history but my husband and I were
Written 27 March 2019
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Joe L
Findlay, OH833 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a nice place to stop and see a great example of a preservation effort. There is a gazebo on the property that shows the before and after pictures, along with information on the project.
Written 16 March 2019
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DinFrance
Stroud, UK529 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
As the title says this has been nicely 'stabilised' i.e. tidied up, cleared/cleaned and made safe. There is a veranda up in the corner of the land where you can sit and gaze peacefully over the church. There is also an incredible amount of useful information pinned up in the veranda about the construction of the church and the characters involved e.g. Cottle etc. I found this really interesting and very well done.

I suppose the only slight 'fly in the ointment' is that for the praise heaped on good ol' Mr Cottle he was still a slave owner (irrespective of how compassionate he may have been) and this was 1824 quite a few years after slavery had been abolished etc i.e. he's not exactly squeaky-clean.
Written 6 March 2019
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kala28
Midwest58 contributions
Feb 2019
We were the only ones strolling the grounds and we were amazed with the preservation of the church as there are information explaining about it. It is a worthy stop and of course, breathtaking to take black and white photos of the church.
Written 18 February 2019
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