Name: Stephen Woollcombe
Date: May 07, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 1.5 hr
Language: English
Start: 430 Besserer St.
End: Corner of Chapel & Laurier
Area: Sandy Hill
Distance: 1.5 km

The walk will follow city sidewalks. 

Sketches of Family Life in the Sandy Hill of Yesteryear



Photo:  All Saints Church

On this walk, I will share my impressions of social and family life in Sandy Hill in the 1890s and the 1940s.  I will offer personal stories and vignettes set in the historical context to illustrate those times, and the experience will be punctuated by views of specific houses along the route. 

I grew up in Sandy Hill between 1943 and 1958.  My grandparents lived and worked in Sandy Hill from 1937 to 1951, and my grandfather had lived here in the 1890s.   I have just written and published a book, much of which focuses on old Sandy Hill.  The book is entitled  The Life and Times of George Penrose Woollcombe:  Educator.  

Although I am giving this walk in English, I speak French as well, and participants are invited to ask questions in either language.


We will meet on the sidewalk in front of 430 Besserer St, between Chapel & Augusta Sts.  From there, we will walk along Cobourg St, Daly Ave, Augusta St,, and Laurier Ave, ending at the former All Saints Church at Laurier & Chapel.  


Stephen Woollcombe is a retired Canadian diplomat. 

Photo: Stained Glass Window from the cover of Stephen's book

Stephen Woollcombe Bookillustration