Point of Interest

The Cabinet Building

Bermuda / Americas

The Cabinet Building at 105 Front Street, has been the office of Bermuda’s Premier since 1968.  It was built between 1833 and 1841.  The Senate meets here on Wednesday mornings at 10am between November and July, and the general public may attend.  Parliament is reconvened every 1 November with the Governor of Bermuda reading the speech from the throne, seated in the cedar chair made for the Governor, Josias Foster, in 1642.

The building contains portraits of past Premiers and State Presidents, notably William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, after whom Pembroke parish was named.  The grounds contain various monuments.  There is the cenotaph (a replica of the Lutyens one in London), recording the names of those who died in World War I and World War II, and a more recent war memorial listing the names of the nearly 3,000 war veterans, who served in those wars.  There is a statue by Carlos Dowling to Sally Basset, an elderly slave who was brutally put to death in 1730, for poisoning the owners of her granddaughter. 

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