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Heydon Trust Chapel -- Somerset Island, Sandys Parish BM
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 17.386 W 064° 52.188
20S E 323931 N 3574089
Quick Description: The charming and historic Hayden Trust Chapel was built around 1610 as a farm laborer's cottage. It was converted into a chapel in 1943. It is the smallest church in Bermuda.
Location: Bermuda
Date Posted: 3/5/2015 8:53:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMNFD1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
This simple, spare chapel was dedicated in 1943, but the building has been here for 400 years.

The building was originally built by an early Bermuda Governor, Sir John Heydon, as a home for a farm laborer on his estate.

Sir John Heydon was not popular when he was alive for trying to impose his Puritan religious beliefs on everyone else, but when he died, he left his estate in the Heydon Trust that has preserved this magnificent and peaceful place for succeeding generations of visitors to enjoy.

Visitors to the chapel can go behind the altar into the very small kitchen, with a 15th-century fireplace/oven and some 1940s conveniences inside. The kitchen space is so small it is impossible to have more than 2 adults inside. Blasterz admit to some befuddlement, before we discovered that this building was a home for 400 years before being converted into a chapel. NOW the place makes sense :)
From the Bermuda Sandy's parish website: (visit link)

Heydon Bay and area

A small chapel places a spiritual emphasis on this historically significant place. The bay is in the north east portion of Ely's Harbor and was shown on the survey of 1616 by Richard Norwood. The name first came from Jeremy Heydon, an investor in the Bermuda Company of the early 17th century. Sir John Heydon, a relative, became Deputy Governor then Governor of Bermuda from May 15, 1669. He arrived at Castle Harbor aboard the Bermuda Company ship "Summers Isles Merchant." He was an uncompromising Puritan and tried to inflict his puritanical beliefs on other colonists, much to their annoyance.

Although unpopular, he remained in Bermuda after retirement. When 80 years old, he was charged with treason. It was claimed he had allowed Dutch sailors to chart the reefs of Bermuda for a possible invasion by the Dutch and Spanish. Heydon was acquitted and before he died a few years later was charitable enough to apply Christian forgiveness to his neighbors by establishing the Heydon Trust Estate which survives to this day.

It derived from Heydon to Dr. John Dalzell who built his fortune and reputation in Bermuda after being shipwrecked on his way to Nevis in the Caribbean more than 900 miles to the south. All the lands of the trust are still intact, probably the largest surviving single estate in Bermuda today, known as The Heydon Trust Estate. It administers and owns the houses, property and land occupying 43 acres, some of which are still being farmed. Most is rural open space with walking trails, views and swimming. The Heydon Trust Chapel, part of the estate, was dedicated to God in 1943, established as such in 1964 but not actually created until 1970 when the Heydon Trust chapel in Sandys Parish was converted to its present prayerful status, from a modest but picturesque 17th century farm laborer's cottage that appears to have been built much earlier."
Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1610

Architectural Period/Style: Traditional Bermudian limestone, stucco and whitewash

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:
Former Farm laborer's home now a small chapel

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
Part of the estate of former Governor John Heydon, whose entire land holdings are intact as The Heydon Trust Estate.

Listed Building Status (if applicable): Protected as part of the Heydon Trust

Main Material of Construction: Limestone

Private/Public Access: Public is welcome

Admission Fee (if applicable): 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Opening Hours (if applicable): From: 8:00 AM To: 4:00 PM

Related Website: [Web Link]


Additional Dates of Construction: Not listed

Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

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