163/165 Brunswick Street

163/165 Brunswick Street

Originally an inn, during the early 20th century this pair of houses with a connecting porte–cochère was the home of Lord and Lady Ashburnham. Thomas Ashburnham was a "remittance man" and retired soldier sent to live in Canada by his father, the Earl of a prominent British family. He fell in love with the voice of Maria Anderson, the local telephone night operator, and they married. Soon after, his older brothers died and he inherited the family estate and became the Earl. Their home had beautiful gardens and a greenhouse, and was the centre of an elite Fredericton social life. Lady Ashburnham is still recalled for her popular mustard preserve that bears her name: "Lady Ashburnham’s Pickles".