The Valley, Anguilla

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The Valley
Town and District
Wallblake House
The Valley's location on Anguilla
The Valley's location on Anguilla
Location of Anguilla in the Caribbean Sea
Location of Anguilla in the Caribbean Sea
Coordinates: 18°13′15″N 63°03′06″W / 18.22083°N 63.05167°W / 18.22083; -63.05167
Country  United Kingdom
Overseas Territory Anguilla
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,067

The Valley is the capital of Anguilla, one of its fourteen districts, and the main "town" on the island. As of 2011, it had a population of 1,067.[1]

History

Historical landmarks

The Valley has few examples of colonial architecture due to the relocation of Anguilla's administration to St. Kitts in 1825, though Wallblake House, built in 1787, still stands and is used as a rectory by the adjacent church. New shops have opened in new buildings and renovated West Indian-style cottages. Old shops have been modernized and have enlarged their stocks as well as their space.

The ruins of the Old Court House are located on Crocus Hill, the island's highest point. All that remains are the broken walls of a few basement jail cells. At Cross Roads at the western edge of The Valley is Wallblake House, a plantation home built around 1787 that is now owned by the Catholic Church (the parish priest lives there) and St. Gerard's Catholic Church, with its highly original façade of pebbles, stones, cement, wood and tile.

Geography

Location

The town is located in the middle of the island, in front of Crocus Bay and nearby Crocus Hill, the island's highest point. Nearest villages are North Side, The Quarter, North Hill and George Hill.

Climate

The Valley has a tropical wet and dry climate (Aw) under the Köppen climate classification.[2] The area has a short dry season that covers the months of February and April, and a wet season that covers the remainder of the year. However the wet season, though lengthy, does not quite see the heavy precipitation that is commonplace in other Caribbean cities such as Santo Domingo and San Juan. Average temperatures in The Valley are relatively constant throughout the year, ranging from 26–29 degrees Celsius.

Climate data for The Valley
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
34
(93)
32
(90)
35
(95)
37
(99)
36
(97)
33
(91)
32
(90)
32
(90)
37
(99)
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
28
(82)
30
(86)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
25
(77)
25
(77)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
Record low °C (°F) 18
(64)
20
(68)
21
(70)
20
(68)
18
(64)
20
(68)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
18
(64)
Average precipitation cm (inches) 7
(2.8)
4
(1.6)
4
(1.6)
7
(2.8)
9
(3.5)
7
(2.8)
8
(3.1)
11
(4.3)
11
(4.3)
9
(3.5)
11
(4.3)
9
(3.5)
102
(40.2)
Average relative humidity (%) 77 76 76 76 77 76 76 76 76 77 78 77 76
Source: Weatherbase[3][better source needed]

Demography

Historical population of The Valley, Anguilla
(Source: Statoids.com)
Year 1974 1984 1994 2001 2011
Population 1,048 1,709 795 1,169 1,067[4]

Transport

The Valley is served by Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (IATA: AXA, ICAO: TQPF) with some international flights.

Education

There are two government schools, Valley Primary School and Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School (secondary).[5]

Omololu International School, a primary and lower secondary private school, is in The Valley.[6] It was Anguilla's first private school, and opened in 1994 as the Teacher Gloria Omololu Institute. It adopted its current name on 1 April 2013. It uses the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.[7] The name "Omululu" means "Child of God" in the Yoruba language.[8]

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ "Number of Dwellings and Persons for Censuses 1974 – 2001 (Table 2)". Statistics Department of Anguilla. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for The Valley, Anguilla
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for The Valley". [better source needed]
  4. ^ Anguilla census data at Statoids.com
  5. ^ "Schools." Government of Anguilla. Retrieved on December 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Contact us." Omololu International School. Retrieved on December 7, 2017. "Adress [sic]: P.O Box 703 The Valley Anguilla BWI, AI2640"
  7. ^ "About us." Omololu International School. Retrieved on December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "History Of Omololu." Omololu International School. Retrieved on December 7, 2017.

External links

  • Map of The Valley

Coordinates: 18°13′15″N 63°03′06″W / 18.22083°N 63.05167°W / 18.22083; -63.05167

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