Friday, June 5, 2015
A Love of Literature
Scott's 'Waverly' novels were originally published anonymously and achieved great success before he revealed he was the author. Scott's wealth allowed him to purchase the Scottish estate Abbotsford. He lost the estate and much of his wealth when his publisher went bankrupt. However, a new crop of books gave Sir Scott more money and he was able to repurchase Abbotsford.
Between 1929 and 1932, Young renamed several city streets in the Little Mountain/South Vancouver area and he chose names after characters and titles in Scott's novels.
As you may remember, Vancouver and Point Grey amalgamated in 1929. This caused some confusion due to the irregular development of South Vancouver roads. It was an interesting problem for civic engineering.
Many of the numbered streets didn't match or meet up. For example, the street now called Waverly was originally East 49th and it lay between East 47th and East 48th. Talk about confusing! A renaming was definitely in order.
The Waverly novel, The Heart of Midlothian provoked Midlothian Avenue. Midlothian, by the way, is a Scottish district near Edinburgh. Nigel Avenue comes from the Waverly novel, The Fortunes of Nigel; Peveril of the Peak has a main character Sir Geoffrey Peveril of Derbyshire so Vancouver has a street named Peveril Avenue. Then there is Talisman Avenue, Waverly Avenue and Woodstock Avenue, all named after novel titles. There was a Robsart Avenue, which was named after the character Amy Robsart from the novel Kenilworth but it was eliminated when the Capilano Stadium - now Nat Bailey Stadium - was built.
I hope you find the beauty around you.