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The new WGBH studios are right across Market Street from The Stockyard restaurant, a favored establishment for the many broadcasting people already in the area. The restaurant's name commemorates the Brighton Abattoir, located on this site during the first half of the nineteenth century. The town fathers of the newly-independent town, formerly known as Little Cambridge, wanted a name for their community which would not suggest foul odors and polluted streams, so they chose to name it after the English seaside resort, Brighton. Brighton was annexed to Boston after only a few decades of independence. I used to live in another part of Brighton, near the Brookline town line, not far from Chestnut Hill Reservoir. (Mr. Fybush, by the way, calls the town of Brighton, New York, home; he was not present for this trip.)
Copyright 2007, Garrett Wollman. All rights reserved. Photograph taken 2007-04-21.