Queen and John/Then and Now
The N/E corner of Queen and John as illustrated in 1851. Interesting because two of the buildings survive to this day. The W. H. Brayley dry goods store was the Beverly Tavern for years and if you look closely the small shop to the left (W.H. Smith), is still there and still selling books as a BMV outlet!
I had a good look at the BMV today (including the basement) and realize that the building has at some point been rebuilt on top of the original rubble foundation.
The tower seen is the second version of St. Patrick’s Market
A little research shows that WH Smith did not enter the Canadian market until 1958.
St George the Martyr Church can be seen in the distance.
On the map below from 1858 the Market and the dry goods store are both evident.