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 “Richard Berry Harrison: Namesake of a Park”
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 “Apartment Building Has Intriguing Past”
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 “Boy Scout Rescues Friend from Abandoned Well”
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 “When a Prince Stayed in SoHo”
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 “The “Princess” of Clarence Street”