Chase Elliot Vaults-The Moving Coffins


“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

The Chase Elliot vault in Christ Church cemetery in Oistins, Barbado was built around 1724 by Honourable James Elliot, but he was not buried there. Made up of coral stone and measured four meters by two and a half and high enough for a person to stand up. One story was a strange banging sounds coming from the vault that discouraged Elliot to use it for his resting place The first interment was in 1807 for Mrs. Tomasina Goddard. It was acquired by Col. Thomas Chase which the name “Chase vault” associated. His infant daughter Mary Ann Chased died on Feb. 22, 1808 and was buried beside Mrs. Goddard.