FORMER Library president Ken Fisher has spent more hours then he cares to remember down the years researching the history of The English Library in particular and more generally the British community in Tenerife. He kicks off what will be a series of regular articles by introducing you to the founders of the library back in the 19th century.
WALTER AND MARY Boreham arrived in Tenerife in 1890. Walter was an English lawyer terminally ill with tuberculosis. Wife Mary nee Dabney, was the niece of a former US Consul to the island.
They had arrived in the Orotava Valley at an exciting time as the Grand Hotel Taoro was under construction, designed especially for health tourism and boasting that the sanitary arrangements were carried out by certificated English plumbers.