The Ryan Clarke Saga II : The War Years

Continued from: The Ryan / Clarke Saga I : It Begins "The Great War" began 28 July 1914 and would last until 11 November 1918. For the rural community of Britannia it would be a rather schizophrenic period. Far from the fields of France there would be little or no direct evidence of  'the War' in most aspects of everyday … Continue reading The Ryan Clarke Saga II : The War Years


Bradford St

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

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.

Britannia’s “Society Square” over on Beatrice Street

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