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The Gooderham & Worts families emigrated from the Scole / Bungay area of England in the early 1830s, arriving in York, (now Toronto, Canada). First came James Worts, accompanied by his 13 year-old son, James Gooderham Worts. They built the windmill near the mouth of the Don River. They were followed in 1832 by William and Ezekiel Gooderham, their sister, Elizabeth (James Worts' wife) and 54 extended family members. Over the following 75 years, these families created the largest distillery in the world, as well as contributing to milling, banking, railways, shipping, farming and other essential components of the growing industrial country. They were active in the church and in various communities, as well as in health care and even in our political institutions. In 2013, descendants of the Gooderham and Worts families created an online website that includes a family tree with photos, documents and stories.


1903 A Tunnel Under the King Edward Hotel

It has long been rumoured that the Gooderham building has an underground tunnel that was built to connect to the Bank of Toronto to allow George Gooderham to safely transport his cash to the bank across the street. When the building was renovated in the late 1990’s no evidence of a tunnel was found.

There is also a rumour of a tunnel under the King Edward Hotel, but this myth is true...sort of! The tunnel heads south along Victoria Street into Scott Street towards Wellington Street.

Map of tunnel

The tunnel was supposed to allow underground transport carriage service for hotel guests arriving from trains and ships at Union station – long before the current Union and TTC subway stations were opened in 1954.

King Eddy “bus”


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