Did you know during the 1830s there was no regulation for the size of bread?
There was nothing to determine its weight or the quality of the flour. The consequence was that the bread sold in Castries was frequently of the worse description.
Did you know in the 1830s Town Wardens were appointed annually, they did not receive a salary and were bound to perform their duties under a penalty of £50.00?
Did you know an Inspector of Police had three Sergeants and twenty-three under his orders and was invested with a direct surveillance over all matters affecting tranquility? This office was created by a local enactment on May 06, 1839.
The duties were so loosely defined, and so much confusion had been superadded in the shape of comment and explanation by subsequent regulations, that the Inspector was frequently confused as to the actual extent of his powers. Besides, he had so many conflicting authorities to deal with, from the Governor down to the driver of the chain gang; each exercising a concurrent or co-ordinate jurisdiction that he was constantly encroaching upon the province of some functionary or other.
Source: St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical and Descriptive by Henry Hegart Breen- 1844
This feature runs every Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]