Old photos of Plymouth, Montserrat

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History of city Plymouth, Montserrat in photos

A small historical reference

Geography: Plymouth - capital de jure, Brades - capital de facto.

Plymouth was the capital of the island of Montserrat, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom located in the Leeward Island chain of the Lesser Antilles, West Indies. Constructed on historical lava deposits near the then-inactive Soufriere Hills volcano, the town was evacuated when the volcano resumed erupting in 1995. Plymouth was abandoned permanently in 1997 after it was burnt and mostly buried by a series of pyroclastic flows and lahars. For centuries it had been the only port of entry to the island.

Plymouth is still the de jure capital of Montserrat, making it the only ghost town which is the capital of a political territory.

Date of foundation:


Population: 4000 inhabitants before evacuation as a result of volcanic eruption


Plymouth. Botanical Gardens, entrance
Botanical Gardens, entrance
Plymouth. Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens, looking North
Plymouth. Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens, looking North
Plymouth. Cocoa-nut-Hill
Cocoa-nut-Hill, Hotel and Grounds
Plymouth. Government House
Government House
Plymouth. Governor inspecting
Governor inspecting the Local Forces on his first visit to Montserrat
Plymouth. Market
Market, 1914
Plymouth. Methodist Church
Methodist Church on Parliament Street
Plymouth. Parliament Street
Parliament Street
Plymouth. The former capital
Plymouth, the former capital, buried under dozens of meters of Volcanic mud, 1999
Plymouth. Police Station
Police Station
Plymouth. Shipping cotton
Shipping cotton and lime juice, 1935
Plymouth. South Beach
South Beach, circa 1910
Plymouth. The Landing
The Landing, 1917
Plymouth. The Roadstead
The Roadstead
Plymouth. Wireless Station
Wireless Station, 1950s

Photos posted on the website in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, the term of protection which is fifty years after the author's death.

After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.

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