The beach at Placencia
Placencia Village boasts, perhaps the narrowest main street in the world, ( according to the Guinness Book of World records.) According to Charles Leslie Jr. and Elysia Dial, pub-lishers opf the "Placencia Breeze ", this street or walkway was built for and at the expense of Archbishop Arthur Dunn of the Anglican Diocese of British Honduras, (now the Independent Nation of BELIZE).
DESCRIPTION OF THIS MAIN STREET: Acording to Mr. Leslie and Miss Dial , the Placencia main street is in the heart of this beautiful community and served to link the port of entry (the Pier) to original Businesses and the Home-of the Archbishop. It also served to help visitor who could not walk on sand and the residents to transport goods and services on their wheel barrow or bicycles. The first walkway was built in the early 1940"s and led from the pier to the Archbishop Home. Archbishop Dunn had a walking impediment in sand because of his weak knees, so it was suggested that a walkway might help him to get around the village.
THE BUILDERS: Mr. Arthur Villanueva (born October 19', 1925) re-members that the original side walk was 2 feet wide and Was called the " jealous man's street " because the side-walk was so narrow that the wives walk in front and the husbands behind. Mr Villanueva also remembers the men who worked to build this famous concrete walk. They were : Mr. Maurice Villanueva, Mr. Mark Faux, Mr. Liston Leslie, Mr. Edward Eiley, Mr. Christopher Lopez, Mr. Percy Leslie, Mr. Roland Garbutt and Mr. Herbert Eiley.
THE MEASURMENTS OF THE SIDE WALK: The sidewalk or street now measures 4,071 feet long by 4 feet wide and built of concrete. To prove the qua-lity of this engineering feat, this street has withstood the beating of feet, wheelbarrows and mother time.
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