National Trust of Guyana

Vreed-en-Hoop Seawall and Groyne

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Location: Vreed¬-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara

Classification: Civil Infrastructure

Period/ Year Built: 19th century

Historical Background / Description:

The Vreed-en-Hoop Seawall and Groyne is located in the vicinity of the area informally known as Plastic City. The structure which was constructed in the 19th century was built of stone and concrete. The wall is approximately 1.5 metres (5 feet) high and 0.9 metres (3 feet) wide. The fortification has a tower, (which served as a navigational aid) centred along its 0.8 kilometres (0.5 miles) long perimeter. In the latter part of the 20th century, the practice of planting mangroves trees along the bank of the Demerara River began to obscure the view of the wall from the river. The structure can only be seen by venturing into the Vreed-en-Hoop community via Plastic City.