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Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2010
Just north of Dundas Street at 136 Beverley Street can be found this 1985 Toronto Historical Board plaque which is attached to the building, just to the right of the front door. Here's what it has to say:
George Lissant Beardmore, a prosperous tanner, built this house, named for his birthplace, in 1871-72, with additions and alterations by Eden Smith, Architect, in 1890. His son, George Wathen Beardmore, occupied the house until his death. In 1937 it was purchased for use as the Italian Consulate. The property was taken over by the Government of Canada in 1939, and for almost twenty years, the building served as a barracks for the R.C.M.P. In 1962 the Canadian Government gave the house to the Italian community as a training centre for immigrants and in 1977 "Chudleigh" again became Toronto's Italian Consulate.
> Posted January 4, 2009
I am a great great grandson of George Lissant Beardmore who built Chudleigh. The George Lissant Beardmore (born 1877 died 1936) who flew the English Channel was a grandson of George Lissant. I have in my possession more details of his life should you be interested.
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Regards, Chris Wright
> Posted May 16, 2008
Since childhood I have always been told of a famous relative Lissant Beardmore who was the first man to fly the English Channel in a glider. Apparently my mother Phyllis (Lissant) Lambert was right. Please take care of the home. I'll be around to check on it.
Wm Lambert Nashville,TN. email@example.com
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