I-44852.1 | The Round House, Prince's Lodge, Halifax, NS, 1870

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The Round House, Prince's Lodge, Halifax, NS, 1870
William Notman (1826-1891)
1870, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
10 x 8 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

A favourite form of courting activity was a carriage ride in the country. In Halifax one of the most popular routes was a ride along Bedford Basin past the Round House, or Rotunda, at Prince's Lodge. Built in the 1790s by Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, it was part of the lavish estate he built as a "romantic abode" for his mistress, the mysterious Julie St. Laurent. A walk through the woods took a couple to the heart-shaped pond that Edward created for Julie.

Judith Fingard, Janet Guildford, David Sutherland, Halifax: The First 250 Years (Halifax: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1999), 29.

  • What

    Prince Edward's estate in rural Halifax was a large and elegant property. According to local legend the walkways through the property spelled out Julie's name.

  • Where

    The estate was located in Rockingham on the shores of Bedford Basin, a short carriage ride from the city of Halifax.

  • When

    The estate was built during Prince Edward's years in Halifax-between 1794 and 1800.

  • Who

    The estate was designed by Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent (1767-1820). He was the fourth son of British King George III and the father of Queen Victoria (1819-1901).