Wolford Chapel was built by John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, to serve as a place of worship for his family on their estate. It is also the burying place of Simcoe, his wife Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim Simcoe, and six of their 11 children.
Just around a ten minute drive from the Market Town of Honiton Devon on route towards Dunkeswell you will see on your left hand side the signs for "Wolford Chapel" Steeped in history in the rolling Devon Countryside Wolford Chapel occupies a small plot and was built on the Simcoe Estate in 1802.
It is thought to have been erected on the ruins of a medieval Abbey.In 1806 Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe was buried in the Chapel.His wife and five of eleven children are interred there.
The Chapel has never been substantially altered and appears much the same as when built.The interior displays many fine examples of Jacobean workmanship.The Chapel and its collection of antique furnishings and decorative arts were generously donated to the people of Ontario in 1966 by British publisher Sir Geoffrey Harmsworth.
At the same time MR A G Le Marchant then the owner of the Simcoe Estate donated an easement to Ontario for a public right of way to the Chapel.