If these walls could talk…
Many Barbados properties are filled with stories of drama and intrigue from years gone by. One such property on the island is the infamous Sam Lord’s Castle, a beautiful Georgian mansion in St. Philip.
Built between 1819-1820, this Barbados historic property was home to the controversial rogue, Samuel Hall Lord – a notorious figure in Bajan folklore. It is alleged that Lord was appointed Trustee for his family members in London before disappearing with all of the money. He resurfaced on the island of Barbados where he used his new found wealth to build the impressive mansion, Sam Lord’s Castle.
Known for its battlements, marble floors and plastered ceilings, Sam Lord’s Castle stood amongst other Barbados historic properties. Allegedly Lord continued to build on his wealth by hanging lanterns on the rocks below the castle, luring ships to their demise and then plundering them for their cargo.
His criminal behaviour did not stop there as he also supposedly imprisoned his wife in a dungeon below the castle! She then escaped to England carrying their only child and filing for a separation from Samuel. He was then accused of perjury and forgery but these charges were subsequently thrown out.
Upon Lord’s death, the storied Barbados property was sold along with its deer park to the Trollope family who owned it until 1942.
This piece of Barbados heritage was then run as a luxury hotel for many years but was tragically destroyed by fire in 2010.