This is part one of a two piece article by local historian Alice Gibb on the history of buildings in our neighbourhood. Stay tuned next week for part two. Continue reading
As Canada gets ready to welcome Syrian refugees, it’s time to remember one of the most successful members of an earlier group of immigrants to Canada. Those newcomers, the Jews who arrived before World War 1, would dramatically shape SoHo’s future – none more than Max Lerner. Continue reading
This story could be included in a book titled Folk Tales of London’s SoHo District. The heroine is Jane Prior of 87 Wellington Street who apparently exuded such a sense of calm that she stopped a raging bull in its tracks. Continue reading
In 1920, the London Advertiser ran a story that sounded more like a romantic novel than real life. But the tale did prove the old adage that truth really is stranger than fiction!
This is the story of Vernon Boxall, who left SoHo as an eight-year old girl and was accidentally reunited with her birth family a decade later. Continue reading
One of SoHo’s more scenic spots is the lovely riverside park just westof the Wellington Street bridge. London’s bike trail winds through the park and there is a delightful play area for children. This park is named for one of SoHo’s most celebrated native sons – Richard Berry Harrison. Continue reading
The little red brick apartment building at 324 Hill Street, just west of Waterloo Street, boasts an intriguing past. This building, built in 1926, once bore the inscription “Hebrew School-Talmud Torah” over its front door. Although built in 1926, the school’s official opening was on June 5, 1927. Continue reading
Bert Bryan, 12, of 127 Maitland Street, certainly lived up to his Boy Scout training on a July evening in 1931. In fact, his heroic actions earned him a nomination for a Royal Humane Society medal.
On that July night, Bert, and his friend, Wyburn Footwinkler, age even, were crossing a field adjacent to the Chelsea Green playgrounds. The younger boy, deciding to take a shortcut, plunged into an uncovered, abandoned well. Safety measures were obviously a little more lax in the Thirties than they are in 2009! Continue reading
With the wedding of Prince William and his delightful Kate approaching, perhaps it’s time to recall the two members of the British royal family who briefly called SoHo home. (second article to follow) Continue reading
The little frame duplex at 104 Clarence Street, near the London Soap Factory monument, doesn’t look like it once housed royalty. But in the 1860s, London folklore states this humble home was known locally as “the Castle.” Continue reading