National Trust completes building series with Southampton book
The architectural heritage of Southampton has been highlighted in the latest – and final – edition of the Bermuda National Trust’s Architectural Heritage book series.
The series, which started in 1995, took a parish-by-parish look at the island’s buildings and the people who built, lived and worked inside them.
Southampton was written by historian Edward Harris, edited and co-written by Alistair Border and features photographs by Robin Judah and Katie Berry along with plans and historic illustrations.
The book is the tenth edition of the series, sponsored by Bacardi, which now covers all nine parishes and the City of Hamilton.
A BNT spokeswoman said: “In its entirety, it is a fascinating record of Bermuda’s architectural heritage that records the continuous historical process of modification and transformation of Bermuda’s landscape from the time of settlement.
“The book includes information about the history and architecture of Southampton’s most interesting houses, including some, such as those on the former Naval Operating Base, which sadly have disappeared.
“It also covers a wide range of other topics such as farming, fish ponds and whaling.”
The book is set to be formally released as part of Bacardi’s Bar under the Stars event on Friday.
The BNT spokeswoman said that the Bermuda’s Architectural Heritage series was researched and written by a group of dedicated volunteers and historians, some of whom have worked on all the books in the series.
“The series arose out of research compiled as part of the Bermuda National Trust’s Historic Buildings Survey begun in 1985,” the spokeswoman said. “The first book, Devonshire, was published in 1995, with subsequent books published at two to five year intervals over the following 27 years.
“Bermuda’s Architectural Heritage is a hugely valuable record and resource for future historians and researchers. Most importantly it serves to increase our community’s knowledge and understanding of our island’s heritage.
“It might well be the most comprehensive record of a nation’s architectural heritage ever compiled and, beyond that, it also records some of the human stories associated with the buildings and Bermudian customs and values.”
Southampton will be available for purchase at the Bermuda National Trust headquarters at Waterville, the Trustworthy Gift Shop in the Globe Museum and other book stores for $55.