A Little History…

East Leslieville – here’s a little history……
I have heard from the seniors in the neighbourhood that the Greenwood Coxwell area was once referred to as Newfieville. There was a great deal of pride in the houses, all the roof shingles and porches matched. Yards were tidy. I believe The New Town Restaurant (corner of Coxwell and Gerrard) was originally from that era. A true working class neighbourhood.

…In 1919, there was a referendum on prohibition. The area east of Greenwood over to Coxwell was full of returned war veterans. The residents of our area voted ‘WET” one particular street voted 3 to 110 against prohibition…. the older leslievillans to the west, mostly Methodist and Presbyterian voted DRY.

This was also a trade union area. The English- not Scots/Irish. Carpenters, Shoemakers, Brick Layers and of other various trades, were the men and women whose bungalow homes lined the streets of Redwood, Glenside, Highfiefld, Woodfield, Hiawatha, Ashdale, Rhodes and Craven. The Roaring Twenties brought prosperity and a degree of affluence most folks had never experienced in England……this would be an awesome era to depict on a mural.