Humber Street ran parallel to Britannia Rd from the Ottawa River to the CPR railway line (see map below), although which sections were actively used varied over time. For the most part it seems to have functioned as a back lane for the houses of the east side of Britannia Rd. The most well used … Continue reading Humber Street
As a cabman in Ottawa in the late 1800s Roderick Ryan would certainly have known about Britannia, but he may never have actually ever visited it. Even so, with him begins four generations and over a century of Britannia history that is still continuing, so he’s a logical person to start our story with. Roderick … Continue reading The Ryan / Clarke Saga I : It Begins
Until amalgamation with the City of Ottawa in 1950, Howe St was "Dufferin" and Britannia Rd was either "Main St" north of Howe (but not always) and "Louis Ave" from Howe St to Carling. 2728 Howe Street Our story beings in 1910 with the present (2017) building already standing. There is no information about the … Continue reading 2728 Howe Street, Britannia
Britannia is one of oldest communities in the Ottawa area, but just how old is it? That is a trickier question than one might expect. Since Britannia never existed as a municipality or legal entity it has no recognized, formal beginning as a village, town or "other." Further, there is no recorded date of just … Continue reading Britannia’s Bicentennial is coming soon! Or not.
189 Bradford ???? - 2006 Eileen Wetmore, long time Britannia resident. Ms Wetmore had a stroke in the early 2000s and passed away 2006. The double lot with the original converted cottage was sold and demolished. 189 Bradford, E. Wetmore home
Kirby Rd is the southern portion of what was originally known as Beatrice St. The name changed when Britannia was annexed by the City of Ottawa in 1950. The Street is almost certainly named for T.H. Kirby, Treasurer for the City of Ottawa, who had a cottage in this part of Britannia.
In the 1887 Ottawa Journal reports of activities in "Britannia on the Bay" there are several references over the season to "Society Square." Missing is any suggestion or hint as to what or where this might be. It was clear that the discerning reader was expected to know. Apparently anyone else didn't matter. Reading the … Continue reading Britannia’s “Society Square” over on Beatrice Street
"Ottawa's Britannia" by Taylor, Eva and James Kennedy 1983, is the essential, and as far as I know only larger work on the history of Britannia. Long out of print, second hand copies are now worth $50- $100, if you can find one. However there is another printing being planned (see at bottom). As of … Continue reading Ottawa’s Britannia
The "Man from Glengarry" was an extremely popular book in the early part of the last century. LibriVox notes that "Immediately after its publication in 1901, the novel spent several months in the top ranks of the New York Times "Books in Demand" list." (here for the free ebook.pdf). So popular that in 1922 they … Continue reading Britannia and “The Man from Glengarry”
How about "Louis Ave?" Louis Napoleon Poulin was a prominent Ottawa merchant who was active in the development of early Ottawa, particularly the Britannia neighbourhood. Poulin was born on July 10, 1858 in Addison Ont. near Brockville. He began working for the firm Nichols and Parker when he was 13 years old. At age 20 … Continue reading Does the name “Poulin” ring a bell?