Waddington Alley

Waddington Alley (HMX4G)

Location: Victoria, BC V8W 1K8 Capital
Country: Canada

N 48° 25.616', W 123° 22.177'

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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.

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Alfred Waddington, (1801-1872)

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HM NumberHMX4G
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 472656 N 5363819
Decimal Degrees48.42693333, -123.36961667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.616', W 123° 22.177'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 36.96" N, 123° 22' 10.62" W
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Area Code(s)651, 507, 612
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1315-1323 Waddington Alley, Victoria BC V8W 1K8, CA
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