This derelict roofless building, overgrown with creepers, hides relics of a past age of British empirical power.
St. Lucia did not escape the terror of the French revolution in 1789. Plantation owners were guillotined. The island changed "ownership" seven times between the British and the French, which, to this day, provides many French place names and the Creole language with great French influences.
Sugar cane is no longer a commercially important crop on the island. This isolated ruin of a cane crushing plant is therefore of extraordinary historical interest.
This is the view from the right hand side of the previous picture. The massive cogs were driven by the water wheel, of which you can just see a couple of spokes.
By the way, the cast iron structure of the market in Castries was made in Birmingham. The island is abundant with relics from the past.
We were able to view this site thanks to HF Holidays and our guide, "Vision".
St. Lucia is a great place to visit -- all the more so if you have a great guide.
Valance Rodney James ("Vision") is one such expert guide.