There is no London neighbourhood more tied to the city’s black community than Soho. It’s fitting to recall that part of our community’s history in February, which is officially designated as Black History Month.
In February 1883, a new, four-room school opened on Grey Street – although the front door of the school actually faced Hamilton Road. This school replaced an earlier public school on Colborne Street. Continue reading “Aberdeen Public School”
At 2 a.m. on May 25, 1905, one of London’s most spectacular fires lit up the skies of downtown London. That fire was at Dyment-Baker Lumber, on the northeast corner of Bathurst and Wellington Streets. Before the fire was contained, some 10 hours later, it also damaged much of the London Machine Tool Company; lumber at the nearby Tambling and Jones yard, and six Michigan Central Railroad freight cars. Three of those cars were filled with agricultural implements valued at several thousand dollars. Sadly, sparks from the fire also destroyed a frame house at 318 York Street. Neighbors did manage to rescue the contents before the home was completely gutted by the fire. Continue reading “SoHo Fire Lights Up Downtown London”