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Cockburn Town in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Overseas Territories — North Atlantic Ocean
 

Victoria Public Library

 
 
Victoria Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, October 23, 2008
1. Victoria Public Library Marker
Mounted on the library's exterior. (Note the photographer's reflection in the marker.)
Inscription.  The Library was built in 1887 - the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee - on the old parade ground used by the local militia, yet it was not completed until 1889. It was reputed to have cost UK £568. Public events such as cultural concerts are held on the library grounds, commonly referred to as the Library Tennis Court. (Marker Number #14.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 21° 28.109′ N, 71° 8.798′ W. Marker is in Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands, in Grand Turk. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Victoria Street, on the left when traveling south on Front Street. Marker is mounted on the lower right corner of the library building's front facade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands 00109-9000, British Overseas Territories. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral Church (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Todds (about 180 meters away); Timco (about
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180 meters away); Grant Building (about 210 meters away); Crofton Coverley House (about 210 meters away); Free Mason's Lodge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sunnyside (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The History of the West (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cockburn Town.
 
More about this marker. The library is located on Front Street in the historic downtown section of Cockburn Town, the capital city of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The library occupies the block of Front Street between Prison Street and Victoria Street, to the west of Her Majesty's Old Prison.
 
Regarding Victoria Public Library. The Victoria Public Library is a charming, compact building surrounded by the grassy, open, public grounds and event space known as the Library Tennis Court.

Across Front Street, the Victoria Library overlooks the west coast of Grand Turk Island and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
 
Victoria Public Library, shortly after Hurricane Ike image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, October 23, 2008
2. Victoria Public Library, shortly after Hurricane Ike
The library building, as with many of the British Colonial-era structures in Cockburn Town, withstood the forces of 2008's Category 4 Hurricane Ike remarkably well. Newer buildings and homes on Grand Turk Island sustained often catastrophic damage. Fencing along the library grounds was toppled or carried off by the storm.

The Historic Marker can be seen on the front of the building in the lower right corner, partially hidden by the open door.
Library "Tennis Court", toppled by Hurricane Ike image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, October 23, 2008
3. Library "Tennis Court", toppled by Hurricane Ike
The September 2008 storm left much of Grand Turk in similar or worse conditions.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,753 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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