Parish Office/Priest's Residence/Xavier College

Parish Office/Priest's Residence/Xavier College (HM1ZEJ)

Location: Corozal, Corozal District
Country: Belize

N 18° 23.45', W 88° 23.165'

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Corozal Town Historical Walk

Parish Office/Priest's Residence/Xavier College

The priest's residence or "El Convento" was constructed in early the 1890's. Its construction is attributed to Father Gillett who was one of the English Jesuit priests who came to Belize in the 1880's. It was of typical masonry at the time with thick concrete worked stone walls, a two storey building with a long wooden verandah facing the sea. The upstairs with many rooms, was the living quarters of the resident priests - usually two; one for the town and one for rural areas. The downstairs was used as the parish office, an assembly room and an elementary school classroom.It survived Hurricane Janet in 1955 and underwent significant changes when Xavier College was opened in 1959, using one of its rooms as First Form. By 1967 the student population had increased so substantially that the whole building was being used as classrooms for students from First to Fourth Form. A new two storey board building was built next to the College to accommodate the resident priests, a parish office and an assembly room. With the closing of Xavier College to amalgamate with
Fletcher's College and the opening of the Corozal Community College in 1978, the convent reverted back to what it was a century earlier, with the original classroom becoming the office of the local
manager of Catholic primary schools in the Corozal District.
Placed ByNational Institute of Culture and History (NICH)
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Date Added Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16Q E 353580 N 2033985
Decimal Degrees18.39083333, -88.38608333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 18° 23.45', W 88° 23.165'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds18° 23' 27" N, 88° 23' 9.9" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1st St S, Corozal Corozal District , BZ
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