Opener Dom Sibley completed his second Test hundred while Ben Stokes lay on the verge of his 10th, as West Indies turned in a disciplined shift but without reward in the first session on the second day of the second Test on Friday.
At the interval, England were 264 for three with Sibley unbeaten on 101 and Stokes on 99, the pair having extended their fourth wicket stand to 183 runs.
West Indies seamers bowled lucklessly, going past the edge on several occasions but failing to find success on a morning when England managed only a mere 57 runs after resuming from their overnight 207 for three.
Unbeaten on 86 at the start, Sibley crawled to three figures in the third over before lunch and has so far faced 316 balls and struck four fours.
The left-handed Stokes, meanwhile, has notched nine fours and a six in 252 balls at the crease, after resuming on 59.
West Indies lead the series 1-0 after pulling off a four-wicket victory in Southampton last weekend.