Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Manners Street, Wellington - 1870s

Manners Street, Wellington, [ca 1870]
Alexander Turnbull Library

Perrett's corner as it was later to be known, circa 1870. The Duke of Edinburgh hotel stands on the northeast corner of the Willis, Manners, Boulcott street intersection.

The wooden house on "Perrett's corner" opposite the Duke to the right appears to be the predecessor to the building built for Dr. Harding in 1878 on that spot to serve both as his surgery and home. Horse & cab teams appear to be posed for this picture.

The old Wesleyan Church lies in the middle background down Manners Street while the Bank hotel lies in between the Duke and Wesleyan.

No doubt Wesleyan parishioners did their share to entreat patrons of the Duke and Banks hotels to abandon their ways and join the congregation as the temperance movement gained strength against the growing problems associated with alcoholism in the colony during the 1870s through to the early 1900s.

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