Heber Rolls, a local fisherman, constructed this home at the time of his marriage to Martha Elizabeth Penny of English Harbour, Trinity Bay. Heber and Martha lived in the home for nine years until Heber's death in 1927. At that time Heber worked on the construction of the stone Anglican Church in Bonavista. He died from septicemia or blood poisoning when a pimple on his nose came in contact with cement. Following Heber’s death, Martha married a Russell but they did not live in the house as a married couple. Instead Heber’s unwed sister Lydia Rolls lived in the home. Martha and her new husband moved to another neighborhood in Bonavista known as Russelltown on Norman’s Lane.
The home was purchased by the Bonavista Historical Society in the 1990’s because it was under threat of demolition. Bonavista Living purchased the home in 2015 and has fully restore both the interior and exterior.
The Rolls house is modest in style. It has a traditional steep gable roof and two over two windows with unembellished trims and narrow raincaps. Through restoration Bonavista Living has reinstated a traditional cedar roof, traditional clapboard and a two over two window style. The Heber Rolls house has been sold as a private residence.
Front and side facade during restoration, 2014.
The Heber Rolls house is located in the neighborhood of Canaille. This area was traditionally a lower class neighborhood populated predominantly by fisherman and farmers. The house is accessible by way of a charming narrow laneway called Rolls Lane. Since the home is perched on the side of a small hill, known locally as Rolls Hill, the home has beautiful views of Canaille and Bonavista harbour from the second floor.
Bonavista Living | P.O. Box 1509 | Bonavista, Newfoundland Canada | A0C 1B0 | Tel: 1.709.468.1848 | Fax: 1.709.468. 7860
Civic Address: 15 John Cabot Drive - view property map
Selling Price: $165,000