Viking ship, Oslo
A man from the north
The name Norman first appeared on the 1848 "Plan of the Town of Stratford" drawn by Donald McDonald, who had been brought to Canada by his uncle John McDonald. It is safe to assume the name for this street was chosen because if its historical significance in Britain, France and Canada.
Many of the earliest French settlers in Canada came from Normandy, though there was little French influence in the early settlement of Stratford. The Canada Company was British through and through, so iot would have been the British Historical Association that led to the naming of Norman Street. Norman derives from Northman meaning a man from the north, a Viking. Normans refers to those Vikings who founded what became the Duchy of Normandy in France.
Norman Street was one of the first in Stratford to get wooden sidewalks. The Norman Street Free Presbyterian Church got a sidewalk on Mornington Street hill in 1856, Beacon publisher William Mowat asked, "Why not Norman Street?" The sidewalk was built, but only as far as St. James Church. By: Stanford Dingman Picture: Viking Ship Museum
Tom Patterson, 1953 Stratford Perth- Archives
132 Norman St. Photo Fred Gonder
Tom Patterson, Festival founder
David Scrimgeour, pioneer
93 Norman St. 1896
15 Norman St.
Thomas MacPherson house and the Free Church of Scotland
In 1843, there was a major split within the Church of Scotland. Hundreds of ministers and congregations broke away from the established church to form the Free Church of Scotland. St. Andrew’s Church (see St. Andrew Street) found itself caught up in the debate when, in 1844, its minister and a majority of the congregation withdrew to form a Free Church. They outnumbered the parishioners who elected to stay with St. Andrew's, so they felt entitled to the building and the records of St. Andrew’s. It took a civil court decision to settle the issue in favour of the established church.