June 15, 2007

National Trust buys Nurse Leila’s house

The house of Nurse Leila Yates in West Bay has been purchased by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

The original wattle and daub house is on West Church Street and is more than 100 years old.

‘The purchase of this house is as much about the woman as it is the house,’ said Trust general manager Frank Roulstone in a press release.

‘Nurse Leila brought many of West Bay’s prominent citizens into this world, many of them in this very house. The house is an important historical structure not only for what it is but for the story it tells. That story needs to be told here, not just in the building, but in the district and surrounding area where it all happened. Moving this house was not an option.’

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