Comments About a Picture–Prince of Wales School




Picture from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Yesterday I posted a picture of the demolition of the Prince of Wales School on High Street in Carleton Place. It was torn down in the late 70s. Here is what they said:

From the Tales of Carleton Place


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston This just makes me cringe!!!!

Jill Seymour Here’s hoping the powers that be, in CP, will one day realize how important heritage is and protect it. That building could have been made in to apartments or just a big house, or a business or, well use your imagination. Don’t tell me about the money brought in by the sale of the property. It could not, possibly, have been enough to justify the demolition of that wonderful building

Valerie Edwards Breaks my heart

Shane Wm Edwards It may be time to start thinking about how the old mill building (formerly Spar and even earlier Leigh Instruments) beside Riverside Park could best be utilized. Last I heard it was still for sale or has it been sold?

Linda Seccaspina There is too much waste cleanup Shane I think and that costs money.. but yes condos… great idea.. but you saw how far the Gillies Mill went.. You need $$$$ for old buildings.. I know.. mine is fondly called the money pit


Shane Wm Edwards I was at a heritage conference where the people restoring the Tremont Hotel in Collingwood spoke about the project and the incredible economic spin-offs. Old commerical buildings can also make the owner money and enhance a local community.

Shawn McNicholl This would have made good condos, all stone bldg, what a shame

Jean Rogers Such a travesty!! Makes me want to cry.

Joyce MacKenȝie Sad, sad, sad….Linda, hi…apparently, there is a scroll in the foundation…”The corner stone of the present High School (Prince of Wales High School) was laid in 1923 and under it was placed a scroll containing the following information: (historical information on the wiki page)


Doug B. McCarten What a sad, sad day! Many memories of attending school there! Truly a historic building that should have been preserved!! Council needs to be more interested in conservation of town history!! Stupid move!!

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin Joyce MacKenȝie that reference to the scroll in the cornerstone from the wiki article refers to the present building on Lake Avenue West. It’s still there somewhere!

Brad Occomore That shovel is about 50? years old…when was the school taken down Linda Seccaspina?
People’s comments seem to think it was recent, I couldn’t see the town taking down a building like that these days!


Jennifer Fenwick Irwin Prince of Wales School was torn down in the late 1970’s.

Stephen Bennett I used to live right across the street from it. Remember playing in the school yard a lot. Especially in the summer. Good memories.


Related reading–

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down-Prince of Wales School High Street

What Will 50 Cents Get You at the Prince of Wales School?

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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