Quaint gingerbread cottages sprang up which gave the district its signature style.In one of these cottages, the father of the nation, Dr. Financial troubles plagued the Siegert family and as one of the sons was a mayor of the city, the larger part of it was sold in 1911 to the colonial government for 25,000.
The lots were snapped up since there was a new respectability in the area.
Coloured people of decent education were finding employment in the civil service and thus needed to escape from the barrack-yards of the city.
These were for the local market, since they were cheap and popular, being essential as "browning" in creole cooking and as a key component of the cuisine of the many Venezuelans who were settling in the city at the point in time.
Speaking of food, Woodbrook was famous for its pepperpot.
This was later to become the official burial ground for the city of Port-of-Spain and took the name Lapeyrouse Cemetery.
The Lapeyrouse family sold the property, with its sugar factory, to Henry Murray in 1820.
With the coming of Emancipation in 1834-36 Murray saw ruin staring him in the face and sold the lands to the mega-conglomerate of WH Burnley and Co, which was owned by the richest man in the island, William Burnley, and managed by his confederate William Eccles.
"After William died in 1850, his son William F Burnley inherited the property, but was prevented from coming to Trinidad by a life insurance policy which forbade his entering the tropics.
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