A Bit of Laindon History in Boston
The College Club of Boston is a women’s club that began in December, 1890. It is the oldest women’s club in America. The Club’s Victorian brownstone at 44 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay was built in 1864. In addition to member functions, the Club is also a Bed & Breakfast in a convenient location just a block from the trees, flowers and swan boats of the Boston Public Garden (1837). A great place to stay, but I am not writing this as an advertisement for the College Club. I am writing about a small piece of the Club’s decoration that comes from Laindon.
I recently spent a night at the College Club and sitting on a shelf in front of a mirror in my room was a loving cup with the following inscription;
Laindon Carnival Association
J.P. Grindlay, Esq.
I had thought that the Laindon Carnival Association may have been part of Boston’s history, but a Google search pointed to England and the Laindon and District Community Archive. Perhaps this information may interest members of the Grindlay and Bowyer families or other members of the community. Please note the attached photos.
Singapore – October 22, 2016