Farm History

Stanhope Farm's history told by the late Gord Rendle Sr.

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        "I was born on Stanhope Farm, the second Stanhope Farm was located on Richmond Road. The first Stanhope Farm was just outside the gates to the Uplands in Cadboro Bay, but was moved because of urban sprawl.

        In the 1950's, Stanhope Dairy Farm was the largest milk producer on Vancouver Island, milking 26 cows and supplying the Jubilee Hospital with its dairy requirements. But the growth of Victoria was creating problems and in 1956 the Tanner Road site was purchased with cows being milked at both farms until 1960.

        The Tanner Road farm by this time was milking 40 cows, a large number for that era.

When I began school at Keating Elementary there were seven grades in one room, with one teacher. The children's last names were Mar, Michell, Polson, Sedgmen, McCarthy, Taylor, Armour, Raper, and more, but all from farms.

        At this time it was a long distance phone call to the farm on Richmond Road. You could see two lights from the farmhouse at night, the Youell Farm and the Saanwood Farm. The area on the west side of the two lane Pat Bay Highway was all farms, now that highway is four lanes and people refer to it as Tanner Ridge.

        On the hillside was a successful cherry orchard, a holly farm and several berry farms, many of whom purchased manure enriched soil from Stanhope, as they had when Stanhope was on Richmond Road."