Good Bones. Lamb/Stirling House was battered and broken-down when the Langley Heritage Society began restoration work on this house with “good bones”, a partly enclosed verandah and decorative arched ornamental trim. Built in 1908 – 1910 by the David Lamb family, the house was originally located on a farm at 48th Avenue.

David is said to have to have walked west from Winnipeg before the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived on the coast. He was an early resident of Vancouver when the Great Fire of 1886 destroyed most of the newly incorporated city. Lamb moved to Murrayville three years later to start farming (known then as Murray’s Corner) and eventually had the cottage-style house built. Murrayville is historically significant as the second village centre created in Langley, after Fort Langley. In 1922 the property was sold to the Stirling family who operated a cattle farm until 1960 and owned the property until 1990.

The structure became a Municipally Designated Heritage Site in the mid-1990s, and a local developer helped with the costs of moving the house to its present location.

There’s an English country garden feel to the property which connects with nearby Harrower House, also restored by the Langley Heritage Society. Society president Fred Pepin says after the Lamb/Stirling House was fixed up, “You could see the difference down the street, people started cleaning up their houses. In six months the street looked totally different…the impact here is enormous.” This home is part of the Murrayville Walking Tour. More details on tours HERE.