A TINY CHAPEL IN THE ENGLISH COUNTY OF DEVON, FAMOUS FOR ITS SEA-FARING MEN, BECAME THE PROPERTY OF THE CANADIAN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AT A CEREMONY ON TUESDAY.
A TINY CHAPEL IN THE ENGLISH COUNTY OF DEVON, FAMOUS FOR ITS SEA-FARING MEN, BECAME THE PROPERTY OF THE CANADIAN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AT A CEREMONY ON TUESDAY. THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO, MR. JOHN ROBARTS, OFFICIALLY RECEIVED THE CHAPEL, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1800 BY GENERAL SIMCOE, THE FIRST LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO.
TWENTY DESCENDANTS OF GENERAL SIMCOE WERE PRESENT ON TUESDAY WHEN MR. ROBARTS RECEIVED WOLFORD CHAPEL FROM SIR GEOFFREY HARMSWORTH, WHOSE FAMILY USED TO OWN IT. GENERAL SIMCOE RETIRED AT THE END OF HIS GOVERNORSHIP AND WAS BURIED IN THE CHAPEL.
MR. ROBARTS SAID WOLFORD CHAPEL WAS THE ONLY PROPERTY THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO OWNED OUTSIDE THEIR OWN BOUNDARIES. IT LIVED ON AS A LASTING SALUTE TO THE MAN WHO DID SO MUCH FOR CANADA.
SYNOPSIS: Sir Geoffrey Harmsworth said his father was first told about the chapel 40 years ago by a Canadian in Plymouth. It was badly neglected and he's sent GBP300 to restore it. Now they were able to carry out his father's wish and see that it became for ever part of Canada. The deeds for a right of way to the chapel were presented by the land owner Mr. Le Marchant, and Wolford Chapel formally became a little bit of Canada in Devon.