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Ocean View moves proposed warehouse from Mary Prince site

A wooded verge at Ocean View Golf Course in Devonshire, near a site earmarked for a proposed development after its relocation from a historically sensitive area nearby (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

A warehouse planned at Ocean View Golf Course in Devonshire is being re-advertised with a new proposed site near Barker’s Hill in the wake of objections from historians.

It had previously been proposed next to a site of historical importance in the life of the enslaved Mary Prince, who was commemorated in 2012 as one of Bermuda’s National Heroes.

The maintenance shed and its access drive are now planned for a wooded area just west of Barker’s Hill, where a golf cart path cuts across the road as it approaches the junction with Parsons Road and Vesey Street.

The designs and history of the proposal can be viewed on the Department of Planning website.

Its previous site would have threatened part of Watlington House, an ageing structure previously used by the golf course as a warehouse.

Although planning documents note it is not a listed building, the building carries a grim history referenced in Ms Prince’s 1831 autobiography, The History of Mary Prince.

The book, published in England, added fire to the anti-slavery movement with its unsparing descriptions of the cruelties of slave life.

Ms Prince described being taken to the home as a young enslaved girl to be prepared for sale by her grieving mother.

Historians and historical societies filed objections to the encroachment on Watlington House in the proposal last year, and the site was relocated last August.

A last point of order on the planning file from this March would entail upgrading the entrance to the site to admit service vehicles before the proposal is re-advertised.

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Published May 02, 2022 at 7:53 am (Updated May 02, 2022 at 7:53 am)

Ocean View moves proposed warehouse from Mary Prince site

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