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Name Priory
Details The Priory Site - The large log "Priory", built in 1827-28 as a residence for John Galt and his family served as a caravansary and headquarters for the Canada Company. the house was located beside the Speed River on the north side of Macdonell street. Its original site is now partly covered by the new Woolwich-Wellington by-pass. The railway line, running parallel to the river bank, is that of the Guelph Junction Railway and is owned by the city. In 1887-88, 16 miles of track were constructed to the south to Guelph Junction (near Campbellville). The line has been operated by the CPR on a 99-year lease. The elm log Priory, after serving some 60 years as a residence, was adapted for use as a railway station. It served this purpose between 1887-1911. In 1926, one year before the city's Centennial, the historic structure was dismantled. Two scale models of the building survive; on outdoors at Riverside Park, and the other in the Civic Museum.

From 1979X.00.634 Wellington Fire Insurance Historical Review came the following information: "It [The Priory] was gradually allowed to fall out of repair, until the present President, Mr. george Sleeman, with characteristic public spirit, secured possesion of the building from the CPR. He took steps to protect the main building and had the wings moved to the spacious grounds of his home to be reconstructed. An interesting picture of this is shown. The main building has fallen into ruin; alas, for lack of a proper respect for such relics in a modern workaday world."
There is a photo in the book of one of the wings in Mr. Sleeman's garden.

Associated Records

Image of 1986.18.10 - Postcard

1986.18.10 - Postcard

Black and white, undivided back, real photographic postcard. It is a view of a large group of men, women and children outside Guelph CPR station (Priory). Men and women are wearing hats. All are wearing a ribbon badge. Ribbon is white and worn on right side of chest. There is a ladder against building with young man standing on it. Entrance to right with "GUELPH" sign showing. stamped on back "THOMAS EDWARDS, ESTATE BROKER, 96 VICTORIA ST. TORONTO"

Image of 1986.18.3 - Postcard

1986.18.3 - Postcard

Tinted, divided back, unused postcard of the Priory in use as the C.P.R. station. There are tracks in front and men standing at entrance. Ladder resting against building. front: "FIRST HOUSE IN GUELPH: BUILT IN 1827, NOW C.P.R. STATION, GUELPH, ONT." back: "PUBLISHED BY A.B.PETRIE" "THE VALENTINE & SONS PUBLISHING CO. LTD. MONTREAL AND TORONTO" "PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN"

Image of 1986.18.4 - Postcard

1986.18.4 - Postcard

Tinted, divided back postcard with correspondence to Miss Mabel Smart of Elora from Fleda (Smart?). It is a view of the Priory being used as the CPR Station. There are railway tracks in front and vines are partially covering the building. front "FIRST HOUSE IN GUELPH ONT. NOW C.P.R. STATION" back "WARWICK BROS AND RUTTER PUBLISHERS, TORONTO"

Image of 1997.16.33 - Calendar

1997.16.33 - Calendar

Calendar of historic sites of Guelph b/w photographs. For 1976 on cover photo of the king Edward Hotel. Illustrations: Photographs, B/W Guelph 1976

Image of 1997.16.21.2 - Program

1997.16.21.2 - Program

.1 Program .2 Letter .1 Program for the service of dedication of the new Christian education building, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Oct 28th 1956. Includes an order of service for Dedication service and a brief history of St. Andrew's. Rectangular off-white glossy paper, folded twice and printed on both sides in black lettering. Folded to form a booklet of six pages. Front cover has b/w sketch of St. Andrew's with text above and below picture. Cover reads: "St Andrew's Presbyterian Church ( Corner of Norfolk and Suffolk streets) Guelph, Ontario. Service of Dedication for the new Christian education building. "New Sunday school" written across the top. Illustrations: Sketches, B/W N

Image of 1986.18.5 - Postcard

1986.18.5 - Postcard

Tinted, divided back postcard with correspondence to Miss Fleda Smart of Elora from "W.S", Guelph. It is a view of the Priory being used as the CPR Station. There are railway tracks in front and vines are partially covering the building. front "C.P.R. DEPOT, GUELPH, ONT." back "KNOWLES & CO. LONDON"

Image of 1997.29.1 - Program

1997.29.1 - Program

Program, "Official Opening of River Run Centre Program, October 4th, 1997." Glossy cover with coloured River Run Centre photograph. Opening ceremony events on inside cover. Inside pages consist of colour photographs, articles, names and advertising. As well, there is a history of theater in the City of Guelph. Edition: 1 Illustrations: Photographs, Colour/Illustrations/Printed "River Run Centre in Guelph" No of Pages: 44

Image of 1986.18.12 - Postcard

1986.18.12 - Postcard

Tinted, divided back postcard, unused. It is a view of the CPR station, Cardigan St. Guelph, west side and south end from Trafalgar Square. It is a brick building, long, steeply pitched roof, gables, porch at right side with "Guelph" sign. There are people standing here and train is parked. The grounds are not landscaped yet. front"C.P.R. STATION, GUELPH, ONT. CANADA" back "THE VALENTINTE & SONS PUBLISHING CO. LTD. MONTREAL AND TORONTO" "PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN"

Image of 2002X.58.9 - Bookmark

2002X.58.9 - Bookmark

Authenticity: Original Bookmark; on front of bookmark is a photograph of the Old C.P.R. Station on the Speed River. "OLD C.P.R. STATION ON SPEED RIVER, GUELPH, CANADA." on back, "For 1 cent Postage, Sender's Name and Address only allowed.", "FROM", "Published by Rumsey & Co., Toronto, Canada.", "IMPRIME BOOK POST CARD.", "To", "Printed in England" No of Parts: 1 Print Finish: GLOSS Print Type: PANORAMIC, B/W Count: 1

Image of 1978.67.15 - Postcard

1978.67.15 - Postcard

Postcards (Lettercard). Sepia. Matte. 8 scenes of Guelph in postcard format. continuous strip headed "GREETINGS FROM GUELPH"; pictures are labelled. Card is addressed and has a cancelled 2 cent stamp with pictures of Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII issued in 1908 on the occasion of the centenary of the Province of Quebec. On the front is the postmark of Guelph, Aug. 5, '08 and Underwood, Aug. 6, '08. .1 "FIRST HOUSE IN GUELPH, NOW C.P.R. STATION" .2 "FREE LIBRARY 'MACDONALD HALL, MACDONALD INSTITUTE" .3 "ONTARIO AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE CAMPUS" .4 "UPPER WYNDHAM ST. FROM ST. GEORGE'S SQUARE" .5 "ON THE RIVER SPEED." Postmark is August 1908. Lettercard has been addressed and mailed to: "

Image of 1997.16.18 - Booklet

1997.16.18 - Booklet

Tourism Booklet, "Guide to Guelph, Third Edition, 1972." Rectangular paper covered booklet. A tourist guide to Guelph, detailing sights, shopping and history. It consists of black and white photographs and advertisements. Illustrations: Advertisements/Photographs, B/W Guide to Guelph, produced by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Printed by Leaman Printing Limited, Guelph, Ontario. At bottom of page 2 - "Cover Photos - R.S. Macpherson. Other photos as credited. Reproduction by permission only." No of Pages: 60

Image of 1986.18.7 - Postcard

1986.18.7 - Postcard

Tinted, divided back postcard with correspondence and a one cent Canada postage stamp. It is a view of the Priory being used as the CPR Station. There are railway tracks in front and vines are partially covering the building. There is a ladder resting against the building and a white border at the bottom. There is correspondence from Guelph to Miss Etta McDonald, Acton West. front "C.P.R. DEPOT. FIRST HOUSE IN GUELPH" back "WARWICK BROS. & RUTTER LIMITED, PUBLISHERS, TORONTO"

Image of 1986.18.162 - Postcard

1986.18.162 - Postcard

Black and white divided back postcard with correspondence and a one cent Canada postage stamp on back. It has three photographs in a cartouche, against a beige coloured background. The pictures are of the Priory in use as a CPR station, The Royal Opera Building, and the Grand Trunk Railways Yards and Jubilee Park, Guelph Canada. on front "CHAS. L. NELLES" "GUELPH'S EARLIEST BUILDING NOW OWNED BY THE CPRY" "ROYAL OPERA BUILDING" "RAILWAY YARDS AND JUBILEE PARK, GUELPH, CANADA" Date Made Notes: Postmarked.

Image of 1981.35.1 - Postcard

1981.35.1 - Postcard

Real-Photographic Postcard. Divided back. B/W. White border. view across Speed River to C.P.R. station (the Priory) with steps leading from track to entrance. Locomotive in lower proper left corner. One cent stamp on back. Along Lower edge of image: "OLD C.P.R. STATION ON RIVER SPEED, GUELPH, CANADA". Printed on back: "HELLO, I'M HAVING A SWELL TIME. L.C.S." "PUBLISHED BY RAMSEY & CO., TORONTO, CANADA. IMPRIME BOOK POST CARD. TO" handwritten: "MISS EMMA LACKNER/ HAWKESVILLE, ONT." Stamped: "GUELPH, ONTARIO/ NOV 1/ 8 30 AM/ 1910"

Image of 2002.55.1 - Envelope

2002.55.1 - Envelope

Commemorative Envelope marking the 175th anniversary of Guelph's founding. White envelope with a photo of Church of Our Lady and a photo of the Priory on the front. In the lower left corner is the City of Guelph crest and in the upper right corner is "Canada Post Postes Canada 175 2002-04-23 Guelph, Ontario". Above that is a 48 cent stamp. On the back of the envelope, in blue type, is the story of Guelph in English and French. The envelope is sealed. Illustrations: Photographs, Colour On the back "One of the first planned towns in Canada, the City of Guelph celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2002. It was founded in 1827 by Scottish literary figure John Galt, who was then the superintendent

Image of 1986.18.6 - Postcard

1986.18.6 - Postcard

Tinted, divided back postcard with correspondence and a one cent Canada postage stamp. It is a view of the Priory being used as the CPR Station. There are railway tracks in front and vines are partially covering the building. There is a ladder resting against the building and a white border at the bottom. front "FIRST HOUSE IN GUELPH, ONT. NOW C.P.R. STATION" back "WARWICK BROS. & RUTTER LIMITED, PUBLISHERS, TORONTO"

Image of 1986.18.2 - Postcard

1986.18.2 - Postcard

Black and white divided back postcard with correspondence and a one cent Canada postage stamp on back. It is a view of the CPR station, Guelph. The Priory as C.P.R. Station seen from the Speed River. back "RUMSEY & CO. 1528 QUEEN ST. WEST TORONTO, CANADA"

Image of 2004.32.53 - Postcard

2004.32.53 - Postcard

Rectangular post card, coloured brown with raised green, red and yellow maple leaves, and a drawing of a canoe on a lake at night in a small rectangle near top of postcard. In the middle of the postcard is a red book which opens to reveal a long strip of paper which is folded to fit inside the book. The strip of paper has black and white photos of various buildings of Guelph. The back of the postcard has a piece of paper glued on with black printing and spaces for a stamp and writing. Front: "Souvenir Greetings" Middle: "Greetings from Guelph, Ont./ C.P.R. Station, Guelph, Ont, The Old Historic Galt Residence/ Ontario Agriculture College Campus, Guelph, Ont/ Court House, Guelph, Ont/ Lower W

Image of 2004.32.55 - Postcard

2004.32.55 - Postcard

Black and white divided back postcard showing the CPR train station and first house in Guelph. The back of the card has black printing and spaces for an address, stamp and writing. Front: "C.P.R. Depot - First House in GUELPH, Canada" Back: "POST CARD/ This space may be used for Correspondence/ This space is for the Address only/ Place Stamp Here/ Domestic 1 Ct./ Foreign 2 Cts./ THE ALBERTYPE CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y."

Image of 1999.26.1 - Map

1999.26.1 - Map

Paper map rolled on textile backing. Two wooden dowels at each end. Illustrated sketches of town hall and county courthouse & jail. "Map of the Town of Guelph in County of Wellington Province of Ontario from Actual Surveys and original Plans by T.W. Cooper, C.E & PLS. Includes wards, street lamps, streets and watermains and properties and landowner names outside the city.