Oral History Project in London's St. George-Grosvenor and Piccadilly Neighbourhoods
Dr. Mark Tovey, a Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Western University, is conducting an oral history of the St. George-Grosvenor and Piccadilly neighbourhoods. This research is being undertaken in partnership with the City of London, Nancy Tausky and Associates, and the Public History Program at Western University.
The St. George-Grosvenor neighbourhood is notable as a birthplace of London institutions. Institutional histories have been written for a number of these organizations. Institutions that have their roots here include Huron College, Western University, Mount Hope, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Miss Matthews (now Matthews Hall). St. George-Grosvenor also contained the fairgrounds of the East Middlesex Agricultural Fair, one of two pre-cursors to the Western Fair. These institutions were both economically and socially important to the growth of London. Inevitably, they shaped the lives of the people who lived in the area.
The Piccadilly neighbourhood includes commercial and industrial uses, as well as residential. On Richmond St., between Oxford St. and the Selby Building, is a shopping street of long standing. Known locally as The Village, it acts as a neighbourhood centre for both Piccadilly and St. George-Grosvenor.