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

Waddington Alley

 
 
Waddington Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. Waddington Alley Marker
Inscription. Built by B.C. pioneer Alfred Waddington, this alley was intended to maximize access to, and use of, three privately-owned lots during the Fraser River gold rush of 1858.

Initially, “a number of cheap shops” were erected which, by 1863, included a fishmarket, a bakery, a blacksmith, a bowling saloon, the Sacramento Restaurant and the Pioneer Wholesale and Retail Variety Store.

Alfred Waddington retained private ownership of the alley until his death of smallpox in 1872. Both before and after his death the paving of the alley was of public concern. In 1866 dangerous potholes covered with iron plates were evident and in 1878 complaints referred to the sidewalk being in a sad state of repair.

Finally in 1908 a pavement of creosoted wood (Douglas fir) blocks was laid in the alley, along with a sidewalk incorporating a metal carriage curb at a total cost of just under $1000.

In 1992, the alley was restored by the City of Victoria with the assistance of the Victoria Hoo Hoo Club, the Cowichan Valley Hoo Hoo Club, the British Columbia Forest Museum Society and the British Columbia Heritage Trust.

[Photo caption]
Alfred Waddington, (1801-1872)
 
Location. 48° 25.616′ N, 123° 22.177′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia,

Detail from the Waddington Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. Detail from the Waddington Alley Marker
Map based on the fire insurance plan of 1885
in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Yates Street and Waddington Alley on Yates Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leiser Building (here, next to this marker); S.J. Pitts, Importer (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Earle Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); The Oriental Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Victoria, B.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); Shop/Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Amor De Cosmos, 1825-1897 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mizzen Mast – H.M.S. Algerine (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Waddington Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
3. Waddington Alley Marker
Of the two markers the Waddington Alley marker is on the left.
Waddington Alley image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
4. Waddington Alley
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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