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A Day In The Life Of…Munroe Road/Charlieville

A Day In The Life Of…Munroe Road/Charlieville

The once densely populated agricultural land of Charlieville and Munroe Road has now become a hive of business activity in these areas.

Charlieville is the northern most part of Chaguanas.

The boundary stops as far south as Pierre Road on the western side of the highway, and John Peter road on the eastern side, and as far north as Monroe Road.

Munroe Road itself is a part of Charlieville until a point, when it becomes embedded in Cunupia.

Charlieville though spans across the Uriah Butler Highway, which once know known as the Princes Margaret Highway.

As late as the 1940s and 50s, Charlieville and neighbouring Chaguanas was still surrounded by cane fields.

One of the main roads into Charlieville is the Caroni Savannah Road.

The road, the first passing through Chaguanas, was developed because of the flourishing sugar estates in the area.

This road was also one of the earliest roads linking north and south Trinidad.

In the book Towns and Villages by Michael Anthony, it states that in 1853, a cutlassman called St Hilaire Bonair had the job of cleaning the Caroni Savannah Road.

But the heydays of the sugar estates in both Charlieville and Munroe Road are long gone, with a number of businesses thriving in the area.

Both villages although multi-cultural, have been densely populated with Muslims.

Some of the well known businesses in the area are Abass Ali Hardware, Alescon Readymix Limited, and even Chief Brand Products, Central Bar b Que and Abraham’s Grill Hut.

The popular food outlet, Nic’s Café, also reside in the Charlieville area as well as the Congress of the People’s headquarters.

There are a number of schools including the Charlieville Presbyterian Primary as well as Asja Girls College.

The UTT Chaguanas Campus is also located just off Munroe Road.

A number of mosques also exist in both Charlieville and Munroe Road.

Evidence that a number of Muslims reside in the area are illustrated with the ASJA Educational Complex at Charlieville, popularly known as ASJA Boulevard.

It is a conglomeration of buildings with two colleges, a primary school, a preschool and a Markaz, with Masjid facilities on the ground level.

Popular temples also exist, such as the Monroe Road Hindu Temple and the Charlieville Shiv Mandir.

Sport is very much alive in the area with the active Munroe Road Cricket Club already celebrating 32 years in existence.


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June 18th, 2017

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