Georgetown Guyana: Historic Stabroek

Georgetown Guyana: Historic Stabroek

This ward of the city of Georgetown has an oblong form being one fourth of a mile broad and one mile long. It was established by the French in  1782 on the Company’s reserve and was named by the Dutch after Nicholas Gleevinck; Lord of Stabroek, the then President of the Dutch West India Company  in 1784.

Many of the streets were named after prominent members of society. Several of the short streets running north to south of Stabroek were known by numbers before they were named by the Mayor & Town Council in 1901.

  • Croal Street, named after John Croal, a former Mayor of Georgetown, was also known as  Red Dam due to its surface covering of red earth.
  • Hadfield Street was named after Joseph Hadfield, an architect and former Crown Surveyor, of the colony of British Guiana.
  • Magnet Place was named after, Dr. Etienne Magnet, the Director of Medical services and a former Surgeon General.
  • Sendall Place was named after, Sir Walter Kendall KCMG, a former Governor (1898 -1901) of Georgetown.
  • Pollard Place was named after, the Honourable W. B. Pollard, a former Auditor General and Vlissingen Commissioner.
  • Boyle Place was named after, Sir Cadenish Boyle KCME., a Government secretary and acting Governor (1894-1900) of the city.
  • Austin Place, was named after, Charles Austin, the son of Bishop Austin and Receiver General and Vlissingen Commissioner.
  • Brummell Place was named after John Brummell, Sheriff of Demerara, Police Magistrate of Georgetown and the first Chairman of the Botanic Gardens.
  • Chalners Place, was named after a Crown Surveyor who died in 1877. Winter Place was named in memory of, Mr. F. A. R. Winter, a well known merchant and the founder of Hand in Hand Insurance Company.
  • Sandeman Place was named after, Patrick Sandeman, the keeper of the Government Astronomical & Meterological Observatory.
  • Brickdam ,the main street of this ward of the city, was paved with bricks and made of burnt earth until 1921 when it was paved over for the arrival of the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII).  The upper side of Brickdam was once lined with palm trees, which were planted by Mr. Richard M. Jones.  [more ]
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