The Berkeley Memorial, Basseterre (St. Kitts)



The Berkeley Memorial was built in honour of Thomas Berkeley who was born in St. Kitts in 1824.  He was planter, a legislator and President of the General Legislative Council of the Leeward Islands Federation.  Berkeley was recognized for demonstrating concern for the welfare of the island’s people and for his contributions to its improvement.

On the south side of the monument is a basin with a tap and an inscription which reads:

This drinking fountain has been erected by the country men and private friends of the late Thomas Berkeley Hardtman Berkeley, Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George and president of the Legislative Council of the Leeward Islands, in recognition of the many valuable services he rendered this his Native Island as a Planter, a Politician and a Citizen. His Sterling qualities, his love for this Island and his deep interest in the welfare of the country at large entitle him to a Memorial by which his memory will be preserved and perpetuated.  Born 14th January 1824.  Died 6th December, 1881.