Recollections of the Peden Store


After I wrote about the Peden store months ago I tried to figure out in my mind what it looked like as I couldn’t remember it.  I went back and read what John Edwards had written and tried to imagine.

The Peden store was in fairly dilapidated condition in the 1960’s and ’70’s. It looked as if it was sinking into the ground but in reality the street had been built up over time to cause moisture to run into the building (it was in the lowest part of town and likely susceptible to flooding.) and this accelerated its demise.

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The picture of Bell St. above dates from 1863. I believe the Peden Store was the bakery in the photo. It likely dated from the 1840’s or 50’s. I never got inside but the second floor showed signs of the original mustard yellow, ox-blood red and forest green historic colour scheme. The lower façade still had classical Georgian elements. It was a piece of our own Upper Canada Village. I have a complete photographic record of the façade as I was, at the time, optimistic that someone might do the right thing and the photos might help. John Edwards


David Lloyd had these memories.

Hope Peden and his wife ran the store till some time in the mid 50’s . As kids we used to take our empty bottles there to cash in for candy. They lived in the back of the store and would meet you at the counter when they heard the bell over the entrance door ring .
They had a border who worked at the Supertest garage at the corner of Bell and Bridge . but his name escapes me. I used to meet Wayne Richards there while he was delivering milk and then get a free ride downtown.
After Hope died and the store closed I remember shovelling snow for Mrs. Peden. She couldn’t afford to pay me , but she let me into the store and gave me a couple of packs of old hockey cards that were still in the display case . I’m sure the store had been closed for a couple of years by then.

Old places have soul. I have always lived in old buildings and thought about those who have lived there before. How can you not? If you have memories of the Peden building please drop me a line.


Before– Bell Street — After– McPherson’s Garage
Jennifer Fenwick Irwin– added this from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
Here’s another image of the Peden Store. The museum is looking for more information on James Peden, who operated a photography studio out of the Tayor Block, on the Mill Street entrance, in the 1890s. If anyone can tell us more, we’d love to hear from you.


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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