The mid-block building located at 23 John St. West was built pre-1900 in the Ontario Vernacular Cottage style. It was the home of retired farmer Walter King (during and after the war) until his death. The one-storey, three-bay cottage has a rectangular plan, a centre hall, a symmetrical façade and a gable roof. It had a kitchen at the rear originally. There are single windows (with low floor to ceiling heights) to the primary rooms on each side of the porch at the front. The wood trim is original, but the windows and the door are replacements. Metal supports for the porch roof are not original, but the roof itself may be authentic. The house has wood frame construction with vinyl siding. The original wood siding is probably still under the newer cladding. According to the 2000 inventory, few existing building elements appear to be original other than the building’s form. It also notes that this modest cottage probably had few decorative details originally. (1, 2, 3)
Bradford's Walter King was 31 years old when this photo was taken in 1914. Mr. King is shown with his new bride Stella Kneeshaw. The wedding took place two days before on the Kneeshaw farm on the 6th line of West Gwillimbury and the couple moved to Mr. King's farm down the road where they lived until 1943. When Mr. King was 95, he lived in retirement on John Street in Bradford.
Event Date : Wednesday, June 25, 1980 Event Type : Death
Description : Died at York County Hospital, Newmarket, in his 98th year. Of Bradford, beloved husband of the late Stella Kneeshaw. Dear uncle of Gordon and Lillian Kneeshaw, and Muriel and Stanley Cairns. Rested at Lathangue & Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe St., Bradford. Service was held in the chapel Friday at 2 p.m. Interment 6th Line Cemetery, Innisfil.