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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

The Bell Tower

 
 
The Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
1. The Bell Tower Marker
Inscription. You are standing in Bastion Square. The Hudsonís Bay Company, whose legacy continues at the store on Government Street, established Fort Victoria here in 1843.

Acting on behalf of the British Columbia Government, the company sold the surrounding land to pioneers but kept the area around here for itself. During The Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858, thousands of new settlers, including many immigrants, arrived in Victoria. The Hudsonís Bay sold the Fort Victoria land to these new arrivals in irregular shaped parcels of property. This is why parts of Bastion Square are very narrow while others are much wider. A wooden bell tower was located at the centre of Fort Victoria one block south of here, at the corner of Langley Street and Fort Street. The bell rang to call the Hudsonís Bay Companyís employees to gather for meals, church services, weddings and funerals. It was also used to warn settlers of fires and other emergencies in the community.

The bell tower and the rest of Fort Victoria were torn down after the Gold Rush, but in the 1970s it inspired the design of a new tower in the same location that contained telecommunications equipment. This was built in the form of a brick campanile, a type of tower from Renaissance Italy.

Photo courtesy BC Archives.
 
Location. 48° 25.547′ 

Detail from the Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
2. Detail from the Bell Tower Marker
N, 123° 22.112′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Langley Street and Bastion Square on Langley Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Langley Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Victoria Law Courts (within shouting distance of this marker); Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Victoria (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bastion Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Percy Leonard James (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
 
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The Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
3. The Bell Tower Marker
The marker is on the same pole as the pedestrian crossing sign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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