Bishop Street

Bishop Street was once broken into two seperate pieces, the lower half which was attached to Lower Water Street and the upper half which was Wallace Street off of Barrington Street. The Upper Half (which was Wallace) was named after a judge who was on the commission to name the streets of Halifax. With that being said, he was also one that was not very well liked by the people of Halifax. Over time, Bishops Street took over the rest of Wallace, and you would only know that this was known as Wallace Street because of a stone that is on the corner of Wallace and Barrington.

Bishop and Lower Water

On the Right hand side of Bishops street from lower water  you will see the parking lot for the Alexander Keiths Nova Scotia Brewery. On the left hand side you will see only one building that still has the foundation of what the original buildings looked like. Look on the corner of Hollis and Bishop and you will see what I mean.

Bishop and Hollis

As you cross Hollis Street you will see on your right the original front of the Governor Generals house. On the left hand side you will see some of the original houses in this area. As you are walking through this area you will see little blue plaques on the homes here, if you walk up on them they will tell the year that the home was built and who used to live there. You will find these all through the downtown core.

1862 Homes

These homes were built in 1862, and each of the homes had their own owners. If you were walking up the street you will see the different blue plaques that are on the homes that tell you who used to live there

The building that you are seeing at the end of the street (brown) on the corner of Bishop (Wallace) and Barrington is also the home where Lucy Maude Montgomery of Anne Of Green Gables fame she lived here as a boarder in a boarding house in 1895/96.

Barrington and Morris

The corner of Barrington Street and Morris is a very unique corner in Halifax. The first thing that you will need to take a look at is look at the side of the house. You will see the name Wallace Street on this particular home. This is because at one point in Halifax Wallace was the actual name of the upper half of the street. Another interesting piece of this street is that if you look in the sidewalk you will see a cannon barrel standing out of the ground. This is because the cannon was used to keep wagon wheels from hitting the stairs and damaging them over the years. It was also a street marker at one point. Also if you are into exquisite metal work you will see that the stairs have the original banner on it, it is beautiful worksmanship.

 

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