Plimpton Press Demolition August 15, 2018

Today the Southeast corner and East side were opened up and more of the inside of this great old building are seeing some daylight. I got a closeup photo of some of the old lumber, which is being saved and re-purposed according to this great article from the Norwood Bulletin.


To see my full post on the Plimpton Press demolition, click here.

And for the history of the Plimpton Press, check this out.

1903 July Fourth Parade

My great grandfather, Norwood resident Edgar Webber, took these photos of the Native American “Red Men” marching in the Norwood 4th of July Parade.

The first photo is near the intersection of Winter street and Norwood Central Station. The rear of Norwood Hospital cuts off Winter street in this area today.

He apparently let one of them use his horse, and marked it near center right of the photo below.

First Baptist Church 1938 Hurricane


The First Baptist Church originally stood at the foot of Vernon st, near 686 Washington St, current site of Byblos restaurant and Burn Boot Camp (home of New England Taekwondo and Ice Jack for many years).

In September of 1938, Norwood was struck hard with the Hurricane of ’38. Many houses and buildings throughout Massachusetts were damaged or destroyed, and Norwood was no exception.

Trees were knocked down all over town and several buildings and houses were struck, but the most dramatic loss in Norwood was the spire at the First Baptist Church.

The fall of the church spire was captured in a several photos.


The replacement spire was a different, smaller style and changed the look of the Church completely.

In 1951, a new church was built near the corner of Bond and Walpole streets and the old church was torn down.

The church on Bond st and Walpole st, shortly after it’s completion in 1951