Arima Dial

 

This site is on the Heritage Asset Register which is the official list of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic sites that are worthy of notation and preservation. The register is authorized by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago’s Council and is by no means exhaustive. The sites on the Heritage Asset Register are not owned by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust welcomes any historical information and oral histories the public wishes to share with us concerning this site via the feedback form.

The Dial is the most famous landmark in Arima. Mayor John Francis Wallen purchased it from Nice, France in 1898 and the chimes of the clock gave the people of Arima a sense of time. It was presented to the people of Arima in a time of increased civic pride with the rise of the cocoa crop. It was placed in the centre of town at the intersection of Broadway and Woodford Street and has since been known as the Arima Dial. The chimes of the clock were said to give the people of Arima a sense of time, a sense of belonging, particularly at the start of a new day.

 

Property of interest situated at the intersection of Queen Street and Broadway Street in the Borough of Arima.

 

Address: Intersection of Broadway Street and Queen Street

Town/City: Arima

Region: Arima

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Public

Public Accessibility: Full Access

Listing Status: Stage 8 – List published in the Gazette and Heritage Site listed on Index of Listings at the Registrar General. Listing Completed & Heritage Site Protected Under the Act

Grade:  Grade Aan object or artifact made by man that is rare or unique or is considered to be a fine crafted example of its kind;

Cultural Community: French

Site Features: Clock Towers

Address:

Intersection of Broadway Street and Queen Street, Arima