The area of the former Swansea Works area is considerably newer, except for some of the original workers' homes. Byalong Bloor Street, several blocks were subdivided as far south as today's Morningside Avenue, then known as Grenadier Road, and as far east as the today's Kennedy Avenue. The area is hilly in nature. A settlement of workers' cottages built by Worthington boack from the s grew around the plant.
The Queensway has primarily residences on both sides.
However, he moved his main area of development to Ancaster, Ontariowhen Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe declined to grant him further land on the Humber, so he relocated to Ancaster, Ontarioin InSwansea became one of the two last independent villages along with Forest Hill to be annexed by the City of Toronto. Through the 19th century the area later known as Swansea was divided between two farm lots; The western half of what is now Swansea was originally the home of Toronto's first European inhabitant, Jean Baptiste Rousseaua French fur trader, who was permitted to occupy the site of a former French Fort at the foot of the Humber River  after the fall of the French Regime.
By the s, the mill reserve in Swansea was still unused and the area was subdivided into 'wood lots' sections of forest to be sold to families living further away for use as timber fuel.
The post office was in the Works building, and church services were also held there. Inthe factory was bought by James Worthington and the name changed to Swansea Works, Worthington himself being from the Swansea area of Wales. This is symbolic in that it recognizes that First Nations members were the first people to inhabit Swansea, thousands of years ago.
The house itself was demolished in The ten most common languages in the tornoto, after English, are: Polish: 3. Some of the ponds were filled in for the railway line and industrial area.
The area to the south was retained for industry and the area to the north was redeveloped with apartment buildings and townhome developments. The Queensway was built in the s through the Swansea Works lands. Along the northern boundary, Bloor Street is a four-lane arterial road with businesses lining both sides. The annexation of Swansea into tironto Toronto was a contentious one, with many local residents opposed to the move.
In the centre of Swansea were several elongated ponds running north—south. The largest, Catfish Pondis the only one that has survived. Bythe area was known as Swansea, with a train stop on the Great Western at Windermere. The lots were laid out south of Bloor Street, lot 1 starting to the east, and the s increasing in the western direction. Macdonald the factory lands extended north to today's Morningside Avenue.
These are the only streets in Swansea laid out on a grid pattern, possible because this section is relatively flat. Further to the south, Lake Shore Boulevard runs east—west parallel to the lake shore. Rousseau refused an offer to relocate across the river to Etobicoke likely areas north of Bloor, namely beyond both the Mill Reserve and First Military Tract and left the area.
Along the southern boundary, The Queensway is a four-lane arterial road with a streetcar right-of-way. Census tracts Like much of West Toronto, the largest ethnic minorities are Eastern European.
The hills in the Swansea Village seal represent Swansea's rolling countryside. Rousseau was living at his 'Rousseau House' when John Graves Simcoe arrived with Toronto's first settlers and Rousseau guided the new governor's ship into Toronto Bay now Toronto's harbour.
Swansea, including Windermere, was incorporated as a village in The factory became the major employer in the area with subsidiary industrial lands to the north of today's The Queensway. Built inits cornerstone laying attended by Sir John A. Swansea's high-end homes are located either at the western edge of High Park overlooking Grenadier Pondor on Riverside Drive and the Brule Gardens enclave bordering the Humber River.
The eastern half of what is now Swansea was a forested lot purchased in by early Toronto artist, philanthropist and architect John Ellis whose home, 'Herne Hill', stood on Grenadier Heights overlooking Grenadier Pond.
Swansea also contains a large of semi-detached houses and bungalows located mostly in cqnada centre of the neighbourhood. With the extension of Toronto's Queen Street and Queen streetcar line as 'The Queensway' following the southern limits of the village, Swansea quickly urbanised with many apartment buildings being built in the western half of the area.
Lot 39, the next to the east saw the first development, on property owned by Mark Coe. According to that census, the neighborhood has 11, residents, up 0.
Despite the building of a railway along the south of his estate in the s, Mr Ellis did not develop his lot. History[ edit ] The nearby mouth of Humber River was the southern terminus of the route First Nations people used to travel from Lake Ontario to Lake Huronand the other upper lakes.
Rousseau refused an offer to relocate across the river to Etobicoke and left the area. The site of 'Rousseau Yoronto is today marked by a plaque. Swansea has several main streets.
The largely forested village saw the building of many upper-middle-class homes on the former Ellis estate as a quiet 'leafy' neighbourhood developed. The typical house of the area was built between and The majority of the lands of 'upper' Swansea are 30 to 40 feet 9. The area of the actual factory site has been redeveloped since into townhomes and condominium apartments.
A common refrain before and during the annexation was that the area was and still is "not Toronto".