We found this church via a rental car from St John’s port and it’s a shame that it isn’t promoted more for tourists. Parham is the oldest town in the country (established in 1632) and very much off the beaten path - near the Harbour with the same name in the northern area of the island.
This charming church (open to the public) was built in 1840, replacing two original buildings and considered a “masterpiece”. The building suffered some damage during an earthquake in 1843 and we did see a few external cracks. Overall it looks a bit neglected but the stonework is still very beautiful.
The unique, octagonal, Italianate design is remarkable and the facade is splendidly adorned with stuccowork. Once inside as you look up, you can’t miss the astonishing ridged ceiling made of wood. The alter section is adorned with two vividly coloured stain glass, windows while the whole look is unadorned and simple.
Row upon row of pews are made of wood with a little white paint and we felt the serenity here sitting on one for them a few quiet moments. It’s still a working community church and the pigeons make it their home in the eaves too! Our side trip was worth the extra time and the church deserves more patronage – you can leave a donation to help. No one bothered us, we were the only ones there and the whole town seemed quite sleepy mid afternoon.
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