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

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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