Toddle Inn - former blacksmith shop - London, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
N 42° 59.493 W 081° 15.068
17T E 479527 N 4759907
Quick Description: The old Blacksmith shop is currently a restaurant.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:11:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM969W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Laxson
Views: 6

Long Description:
The plaque reads:


Operated as a blacksmith shop by W. John Lashbrook 1893-1916 and continued later by Richard Weir as a Smithy until 1947, when it was sold and converted to a restaurant by C. W. Egleston.

This plaque was erected by The London Public Library Board 1984"

The London Public Library provides a historical photo and this information on their website:

(visit link)

"In 1891, Michael Cullen and Walter Milburn operated a blacksmith shop in the building that now houses the Toddle Inn.

William Lashbrook took over the shop in 1893, just as Richmond Street was about to undergo a transformation as electric trolleys and street lights replaced horse-drawn streetcars and oil lamps. New houses and businesses were being built, including Lashbrook`s home (now 642 Richmond Street) next to his blacksmith’s shop.

In1924 he leased the smithy to Richard Weir. Lashbrook died in 1938, but his wife Sarah retained ownership of the building until 1947, when she sold it to Charles W. Egleston.

Ironically just south of the blacksmith shop, a Cities Services Oil Company gas station had been established at the northeast corner of Hyman and Richmond streets as early as 1931. With the increased number of cars on the roads by the late 1940s, the need for blacksmithing declined.

Egleston converted the shop into a restaurant to cater to the bustling neighbourhood which included a bank, barber shop, grocery, and a coffee shop.

Egleston’s new enterprise, the Toddle Inn, opened as a modest establishment with a simple menu and a large, horseshoe-shaped counter. His customers were mostly single people and students. In later years, tables were added and the Toddle Inn expanded its menu to appeal to a broader clientele.

More than fifty years later, the Toddle Inn is still operated by the Egleston family."
Operating Status: Remodeled as Something Else

640 Richmond Street
London, ON Canada

Web Address: Not listed

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