The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 38, Issue 1

Article 2
Lady Nugent and Tom Cringle on the Veranda: Early Nineteenth-Century Observations on a Caribbean Architectural Feature

Brian J. Hudson


The veranda, or piazza, is a characteristic feature of Caribbean Georgian architecture, and insights into its various forms and uses in the early nineteenth century are gained from a study of observations recorded by Lady Maria Nugent in her Journal, and Michael Scott in his autobiographical novel, Tom Cringle’s Log. Focusing mainly on Jamaica, with its largely English Creole architecture, this essay also refers to verandas and balconies in other parts of the Caribbean, including some where Spanish and French influences are dominant Scott and Nugent reveal the important role played by the veranda in the social life of West Indian colonial society.