Hounslow Heath Rd post update from a comment posted by a reader.

Blog reader Leo has posted a comment about the post concerning Hounslow Heath Rd. The blog has appended his comment to the end of the post , has some good info on how a proposed railway may have determined the streets, shape.




Another point possibly worthy of speculation, is how Hounslow Heath Rd. got such a long and usual name…there must to be story to it! The original poster has a photograph with the full name on the street sign but there is at least one sign on the street that omits the characters 'Rd.', as it just does not have enough room, possibly due to the size of the font used.

At the Silverthorn/St. Clair public library, they have an archive of the local history. Referencing it, I learned from an early writer from the town of Davenport, that there seemed to a culture clash between that town and the town of Carlton Village. The people from the town of Davenport were very church oriented, centering around church life at the Davenport and Perth St. church (still there, now as a community center), while the writer stigmatized the people of Carlton Village (St. Clair/Old Weston Rd.), as being rowdy, 'looking for a fight' types, who's occupation mostly centered around the local industry of brick making. There was also a reference (possibly not by the same writer), as to the curiosity of why the two old towns, being so close to each other, did not eventually merge. Possibly, it was the culture clash of the two towns, which contributed to the reason for them not to sprawl together at some point?

The name Hounslow Heath, has it's origin in a place in England, I believe on a 'heath' on the outskirts of London. 'Heath', by definition is a a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs. For much of it's history, this heath on the outskirts of London, was a robbers den, the area having the reputation of laying victim to travelers coming to and from London. Similarly, Hounslow Heath Rd., would have occupied much of the undeveloped land between the two old towns. Could someone with influence, knowing the opposite cultures of the two towns, coin the name of this former heath based on the reputation of the peoples of Carlton Village? It may have been a way to record an appropriate namesake, of the possibly of the awareness of the people of the town of Davenport, to not stray into the desolate heath between the two towns were some dubious Carltonites might be laying in wait? It may be speculation, but feel that there must be a reason for assigning such a long and unusual name to this street…including the word 'heath', and to boot, coinciding an with an old world reputation of a Hounslow Heath? The story line also synchronizes with a very strongly rooted English orated culture of the time.

Another point of interest, is that during the proposed annex to West Toronto Junction, there was a proposal that the towns of Davenport and Carlton Village join together and be renamed the town of Stanley. The eventual decision was drop that idea and to amalgamate the two of them to West Toronto Junction around 1914.

That was an interesting explanation for the name. It would be worth researching further to find out for sure. However, note that West Toronto was amalgamated with Toronto in 1909, so Davenport and Carleton Village couldn't have been amalgamated with West Toronto later than that year.

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