Was out a few weeks back and came across this old abandoned building in a back alley of London Ontario. Due to its location and style, I thought it to be either an old livery or blacksmith. Turns out after a bit of digging I was correct, it was an old abandoned livery. A livery was at its basics or horse stable in towns and cities to board horses back before cars. For the most part they were located near Hotels for travellers to board their horse and buggy. They quickly started to disappeared around 1910 with the introduction of the auto-mobile. Most were torn down as they tended to be smelly and full of vermin, however there are still some that exist that are abandoned or have been re-purposed..
This particular livery in down town London was called the Crown Livery and was opened by Charles Lilley after he retired from politics and as Postmaster of East London. It mostly serviced patrons of the Crown Hotel. This old livery has beautiful architecture and hopefully one day gets a new lease on life.
The location of this old abandoned livery can be found on our abandoned places in Ontario page.