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Old Posted Feb 11, 2009, 5:24 AM
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In this tour, I continue to explore London's early housing. Although some of the buildings here date to the 1830s, major development of the Talbot area began in the 1860s. Nestled beside the the north branch of the Thames River and downtown, early on it became the neighbourhood of choice for London's elite. Many mansions were erected along the high east bank of the Thames; however, this neighbourhood borders downtown London and has felt the pressure of downtown expansion and lucrative residential intensification. Many of the mansions and large chunks of the neighbourhood itself are gone, replaced by apartment buildings and parking lots. Locust Mount, an 1850s mansion on Talbot, is a recent victim, ultimately succumbing to a series of fires after years of neglect.


My other London tours:
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This series of elegant Georgian buildings (c. 1830s and 40s) was known as "Banker's Row" in early London. In 1970, they were restored by the Labatt Brewery. They currently house a private school.







Eldon House was built in 1834 for the prominent Harris family, who occupied the house until 1959 when the house was donated to the city (complete with furnishings and historic artifacts). It is now a museum.



These houses were probably built quite a bit later, but retain the basic Georgian shape.







A great looking row.



Double houses are quite common in London and especially in this neighbourhood.







double cottage



Old rowhomes



If you look closely, you will see modern apartments in the background of many photos.



A fine Italiante mansion, 1883.



Another Italianate mansion, built 1880 and now preserved as offices.



And another Italianate mansion, this one built a bit earlier in 1875.



A naked one:



Built 1883, home of a prominent Native Canadian



Blackfriars Bridge (1831) and the north branch of the Thames River. The deck is still made of wood.



This old Gothic Villa (1867) is a sorority house (Gamma Phi Beta)



Blackfriars was built in 1876, overlooking the Thames from a high bluff. Until recently, it was the residence of the Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of London. It is in the process of being converted to condos. I would have liked a better shot of the gigantic portico (which was added in 1912), but I didn't feel like walking in two foot deep snow.



A 1908 Georgian Revival mansion on the high east bank of the Thames River



Built for a prominent judge in 1910. Now Sigma Chi frat house.



Talbot Street



A high quality example of an Ontario cottage (1870)



Another:















More double houses







A quick break from the yellow brick...

I believe this 1880s rowhouse was originally two storeys.



This neighbourhood borders downtown, many houses have been converted for commercial establishments.





I used to have some regular gigs at this place back when it was called the Rose and Crown.




Incorporating this old house into a larger residential building.







Georgian style, 1865, now the London Sqaush Racket Club.















Some typical streets:







So many London houses have these details in the gable














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Built 1903



Built 1905



The look of the sidestreets that developed somewhat later in the neighbourhood's history:




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I wasn't sure where the Talbot neighborhood was, but apparently I was on the edge of the section when I was in London in 2007. I have a picture of those rowhouses in your second picture. Jaybird and I didn't walk around Talbot that much, as he wanted to show me Downtown and Woodfield instead (although I think he wanted to show me a couple of the bigger houses in Talbot, but forgot to). It looks like a nice neighborhood, just like Woodfield is.

Isn't there another small old footbridge down near the fork of the river as well?
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Love it, absolutely love it!

Especially the way the ice hangs from the roofs like that.

You just dont find that in England.
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wow...the pics could be from Duluth or somewhere in the north midwest USA...
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Beautiful homes!! Would love to live in any of them. Great photos, thanks!
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Great photos! The amount of brick in all your threads is really impressive.

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I used to have some regular gigs at this place back when it was called the Rose and Crown.
what kind of gigs?
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Isn't there another small old footbridge down near the fork of the river as well?
Yes, it's at the foot of King St. I almost forgot about it, but I used to walk on it all the time. There are at least two other pedestrian bridges in London that I can recall.

Amazingly, the Blackfriars bridge still handles vehicle traffic.


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Great photos! The amount of brick in all your threads is really impressive.

what kind of gigs?
With a few exceptions, most Ontario towns were brick back in the day.

The gig was me playing acoustic guitar and a friend singing. I was "retired" from music at that time, but the singer from my old band moved to London, so we started playing again. I moved to Hamilton shortly after that and am again retired (at least from paying gigs, I still jam).
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omg i thought this was about London england
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Great set!
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omg i thought this was about London england
Fooled me too. I was like, Wow never realized outer London looked like middle America.
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Fooled me too. I was like, Wow never realized outer London looked like middle America.
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What an amazing collection of vintage housing stock. And those have withstood some serious winters. They sure knew how to build them.
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That's my neighbourhood...I cross the Blackfriars Bridge almost every day. Thanks for the tour!
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I love the cream-colored brick. Milwaukee, Wisconsin is also noted for that type of building material.
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It's amazing how many strange and fascinating neighborhoods southern Ontario has
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I say it again and again, I appreciate these neighborhood tours.
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Another beautiful thread. I love it when homes get converted into retail or restaurant use as opposed to being torn down. Thanks for sharing!
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Incredible stock of these homes and all in great external condition! Thanks for the tours!
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