Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Can anyone help?

A friend of my parents contacted me today. She is British - her partner is writing a book on corrugate iron's use in architecture. They have found out that a company in Liverpool shipped the roof for King Eyambo's palace in Calabar in 1843 (picture below). Does anyone know if the building is still standing?


Katharine 5:06 pm  

Yes the building is still standing. It is on the outskirts of the centre of Calabar and houses a museum on Nigerian and African history. It is very very good and has alot of artefacts, documents and a free guided tour can be obtained if you ask nicely at the gate. Make sure you leave at least 2 hours to go around it though as it is very comprehensive. The views from the house are outstanding and you can see right down the creek on a good day and get a 'birds eye' view of the town. Okada is the only way there as far as I am aware unless you have your own transport but can't remember parking area being there. There is a restaurant/cafe there where you can get a snack which is quite likley to be needed given the amount of time you're likley to spend there if you have even a marginal interest in African history. Enjoy!!

Anonymous,  6:19 pm  



sure i am right that this is the location - sites say building shipped from england in prefabricated form

the flying monkeys 9:04 pm  

Katherine brings memories of my visit to calabar with my dad sometime in 1989. Anyway, a totally unrelated topic (permit me to use the words of MW).

I thought this might be of interest: Nigeria as it appears in Volume V19, Page 684 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

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