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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 2007.34.2 - Scrapbook

2007.34.2 - Scrapbook

Black, thick cardboard covers around yellowed ledger sized pages. All of the pages have come away from the spine of the book. It is filled with newspaper clippings, starting on this inside cover. The scrapbook also includes; voting ballots and results, referendum ballots and results, sports items, death announcements, wedding annoucements, public notices, job postings, advertisements, election campaign adverts, historical articles, polling results (numbers added in pencil crayon),

Image of 1980.114.84 - Map

1980.114.84 - Map

1962 Map. Black and white paper inside a green on brown paper folder. "Map of the City of Guelph". Drawn by Wm.S. Haras: Amended April 1962, Scale 900 feet to an inch. Copyright by Guelph Police Association. map shows 1962 Street Plan of Guelph bounded by Woodlawn, Victoria College and Silvercreek Road; map is secured to brown folder with green "Map of City of Guelph Revised - Sept 1962" printing.

Image of 2009.28.1 - Booklet

2009.28.1 - Booklet

A Guidebook to the city of Guelph. This is the 2nd Edition as part of the Centennial Project of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. The cover is green and has a collage of Guelph pictures in the shape of G. Inside of front cover - Gilson Page 1 - Guelph Chamber of Commerce; Message from the Mayor: Paul W. Mercer Page 2 - Bucyrus-Erie Company of Canada Ltd.; The Bank of Nova Scotia Page 3 - Guelph City Hall and Memorial Gardens; Guelph Public Library Page 4 - Guelph Statistics; City Officials: Mayor Paul W. Mercer, City Administrator F.M. Woods, City Clerk W.G. Hall, City Treasurer M.R. Sather, Assessment Commissioner R.W. Brydon, City Engineer W.P. Taylor, Industrial Commissioner R.S. Macp

Image of 1988.23.1 - Wrapper

1988.23.1 - Wrapper

Priory Bread Wrapper. White waxed paper sheet with red and blue printing. Blue printed pictures of the Priory. Inscribed: "Priory Bread, white nonsliced 24 oz.net weight W. H. Quant - prop 54 Baker St. Guelph Ont. Phone Taylor 4-0131

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.

1972.19.1 - Book

Book, Picturesque Canada: The Country as it Was and is. Edited by George Monro Grant Illustrated under the Supervision of LR. O'Brien. Volume II. Published in Toronto by Belden Bros. Black and white illustrations of Guelph (Speed River and city) on page 469. There is a description of Guelph, The Priory and landscape pages 468-470.

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 1971.47.2.7 - Newspaper

1971.47.2.7 - Newspaper

Guelph Mercury 1954 Progress Edition, January 30, 1954. The paper is seven sections, the first two sections the regular news while the other sections are part of the Progress edition. The paper is incomplete with one section of the Progress Edition missing (Section D). .1 Section 1 of the paper with a blue cover with an image of Guelph with hands superimposed over the image. The title is "1954 Progress edition - The Future of Guelph is in Our Hands". This section covers the news of the day. Pages 1 - 12. .2 Section 2 is a continuation of the news of the day. Pages 13 - 28. .3 Section 3 - First section of the Progress edition with a collage of photos on the front cover. pages A1- A16

1971.47.1 - Newspaper

Guelph Mercury Progress edition, January 27, 1951 - section 2 of paper only. This section contains pages 17-32. The title on the front of the section is "Progress with Guelph" and has a photo of Guelph and a photo of each of the councillors and the mayor.

Image of 2008.44.1 - Map

2008.44.1 - Map

1877 Map of the Town of Guelph with 1890 markings of sewers and watermains surveyed by T.W. Cooper. The map has three illustrations at the top. One of City Hall, one of the Town of Guelph and one of the Court House and Jail. The map has painted red dots to mark water valves and watermains. On the back of the map is written in black pencil "1877 Cooper Map with waterworks system" The map is attached to a wooden dowel at the top and bottom that is painted black. The map is varnished.

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 2014.61.1 - Postcard

2014.61.1 - Postcard

Postcard is meant to be viewed in a portrait orientation rather than landscape. Two small black and white images each 2 X 3 inches on the front. The top image is a group of five men and three girls standing outside in front of a cannon with the caption "Guelph College Grounds" written across the bottom. The bottom image is a large group of people (most of them sitting down) beside a large building. There is a dirt road, a lamppost with a ladder leaning against it and a large tree visible in the foreground. "C.P.R. Depot, Guelph" is written across the bottom.

1986.14.10 - Book

"Guelph, Canada" book filled with printed images of Guelph. The front cover is brown with silver title. The book is bound with brown string. On the front cover is the Carnegie library. On the first page is a paragraph describing the City of Guelph. The images are: The H. Ellis Private Ambulance Service Panorama of Guelph St. George's Square and Lower Wyndham Street Collage of City Hall, Court House, Armoury, Post Office Collage of Speed River from Allan's bridge, Speed from Foot bridge, Guelph from Goldie's Mill, The Old dam at Riverside Park Woolwich and Cardigan Streets and Eramosa Hill Footbridge and St. George's Church Interior of Church of Our Lady Macdonald Hall and Macdonald I

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 1986.32.4 - Map

1986.32.4 - Map

City of Guelph Map, 1907. Paper mounted on cardboard, black printing. "Map of the City of Guelph Canada 1908. Drawn and published by Frank P. Lloyd 561 Euclid Ave. Toronto price 25 cents Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada in the year 1907 by Frank P. Lloyd Toronto at the Department of Agriculture Ottawa". Map of city of Guelph showing street names, ward boundaries, city limits, steam railways, electric lines, 42 references of places of business and municipal buildings, rises in land, lot numbers, Ontario Agricultural College and Experimental Farm

Image of 1971.40.23 - Booklet

1971.40.23 - Booklet

A 1958 reprint of an 1877 pamphlet by Mr. Robert Thompson, who came to Guelph a few months after Guelph was founded. Titled "An Early View of Guelph," and published in "Western Ontario History Nuggets, No.27," by Lawson Memorial University, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. Reprint is edited by Hugh Douglass. Blue paper covers with three staples left hand side. No. of typed pages - 19.

Image of 2000.21.8 - Postcard

2000.21.8 - Postcard

Black and White postcard of a model of the Priory sitting in front of City Hall during Centennial celebrations of 1927. The model has a small figure of John Galt standing outside. The model sits on a base covered in greenery and flanked with small union jacks and decorated with bunting. Part of City Hall is visible in the background, also decorated with bunting. The postcard has a divided back but the postcard has been cut down so some of the back and image are missing. On back: "Postcard Correspondence Address Made in Canada"

Image of 2005.18.2 - Map

2005.18.2 - Map

Paper map attached to textile backing, glossy finish. Black round pole with decorative ends attached with nails to bottom of map. Inscription in pencil on back reads "P. Ryan" . Black rectangular wooden pole with two metal loops and one fabric tie attached with nails to the top of the map. Three lithographic illustrations along top; first of "TOWN HALL & MARKET HOUSE." (city hall has clock tower), the next of the "TOWN OF GUELPH." (shows mostly small residences with church towers in background), last shows the "COURT HOUSE & JAIL." Writing upper left corner with decorative swirly lines around it: "MAP / OF THE / TOWN OF GUELPH / in the / County of Wellington / PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. / From actu

Image of 1980.114.94 - Booklet

1980.114.94 - Booklet

Booklet, "Guelphscape 70"...The Field Trip." Don Coulman compiled this 50 page booklet is dated Friday October 24, 1970. This is a photocopy of the original typewritten booklet. The contents are divided into five sections: a map of the field trip route; the field trip programme itself; notes including references; "how it was done"; and "Field trip suggestions." The field trip begins at King George School and covers what was the more historic areas of Guelph and its downtown. Throughout are maps, photographs, illustrations, and questions for students to ponder when observing the present cityscape - its buildings and streets. Cover, paper, stapled in upper left corner. Cover is yellow sheet o

Image of 2007.34.1 - Scrapbook

2007.34.1 - Scrapbook

Large, thick cardboard blue and maroon scrapbook. The front and back covers are blue with maroons triangular tips and spine. There are metal grommets and details all over the outside. There are two large spikes coming out of the spine that attach all the pages together (spine is open). At the bottom of the spine in silver printing "Made in Canada/Biltrite/Patented 1955" On the inside cover there are three metal hinges. Sticker at the bottom "Luckett's/Sterling/ Line/Made in Canada/No. 171032" A postcard has been glued to the cover. It is a festive image with a bowl of fruit and wrapped packages. The Title page reads: "City Clerk's Office, Guelph, Ontario" "Scrap Book: Year 1970 to" there are