Weston – a (comparatively) long history.

Weston has some old structures. Not that old compared to those in Europe, Africa or Asia but for North America, we have quite a few of historical interest.

Strictly speaking, Weston’s oldest structure is the Carrying Place Trail. This was used by First Nations people and explorers between 1615 and 1793. A plaque was dedicated by the Weston Historical Society in 2013.

The Carrying Place Trail Plaque in 2013.

Weston’s next oldest structure is the 1856 CNR (formerly Grand Trunk) bridge that crosses the Humber to the west of Weston and St Phillips. It was recently widened to accommodate the UP Express but the original structure still stands.

The October 5th 1859 sod turning for the Toronto Grey and Bruce narrow-gauge railway by 19 year-old Prince Arthur, 3rd son of Queen Victoria. From: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

The next oldest structure is the long neglected Plank Road Building at Weston and St Phillips. This structure at 2371 Weston was built in 1841 and   in recent years has stood abandoned. Someone obviously owns it and is paying (no doubt reduced) taxes on it.

The Plank Road Building at 2375 Weston Road. From: Google Maps

Weston Presbyterian Church on Cross Street in Weston has an interesting history dating from 1847. The current version dates from 1880.

Weston Presbyterian Church. From: Google.ca

St John the Evangelist Catholic Church was established in 1853.

Weston Collegiate Institute has been going since before Canada was a country (not in the same building!) and is Toronto’s second oldest high school.

Weston Lacrosse Team 1924. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

Weston Village is filled with fine homes and mansions, many dating from around the turn of the 20th Century. Generations of families have enjoyed these homes and their history once revealed can be fascinating.

The City of Toronto has a web page outlining some useful areas of investigation if you are researching the history of your older home. Weston Historical Society may also be useful in this regard.

Readers are invited to share their discoveries.

4 thoughts on “Weston – a (comparatively) long history.”

  1. There are several other buildings around Weston which may very well date back to the 1840s or 1850s but which are insufficiently documented to say for certain. One that comes to mind is the commercial building on the west side of Weston Road, immediately south of Little Avenue.

    Your last photo is not, however, of Weston. It is a photo of the intersection of Keele and Dundas Street, looking south from the approximate location of Vine Ave. Most of the buildings are still there, in fact, although another giveaway is the streetcar track. The track through Weston was only, as far as I know, ever a single track. There was never a wye, and before it was extended to Woodbridge, it ended at the GTR crossing at what is now Humberview Crescent. The sign “Weston Streetcar Terminal” is there because that was the point at which interurban cars to Weston terminated and passengers would transfer to TTC cars.

    1. Eric, thanks for your comment. I was wondering about the double track! I have removed the photo and references to it.

  2. Interesting bit of trivia. The original steel trestle top across the Humber was replaced in the early 20th century. The steel framing was reused and is the current trestle of Bathurst street above the rail tracks south of front st.

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