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A New History of Leslieville

Book Cover Joanne Doucette’s new “Leslieville” is available at Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East







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Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.


  1. Many, many thanks for the many hours I’ve enjoyed reading your book and website! I regularly come back and re-read. I was happy to see your page on my home street, Morse.

  2. Hi,just discovered your website and would be interested in getting a copy of your book if still available or maybe wait until your new one comes out.I lived on Sandford Ave for 20 yrs (now in Mississauga ) Question why was the street name changed from Cheltenham to Sandford and when ?
    Regards, Graham

    • Hi Graham,

      Cheltenham was named by William Prust. He was the developer who built Riverdale Gardens, his crowning achievement. Everything Prust did he did very, very well. His houses are some of the best built in the neighbourhood. He laid out and built the houses on Frust, Cheltenham, Bloomfield and Ivy. He also did his very best to preserve as many of the fruit trees that in the orchard that had been there for years. He guaranteed a fruit tree for every lot and delivered! Cheltenham and Bloomfield were named by him for places near Prust’s home in England. When the City of Toronto absorbed whole new neighbourhoods just before World War One, they found that many streets had very similar names — confusing not only the letter carriers but the fire and police services. So they renamed many streets. In April 1913 the following streets (and many more) were renamed: Birch Avenue to Silver Birch Avenue, Don Mills Road to Broadview Avenue, Florence Avenue to Robbins Avenue, and Cheltenham Avenue to Sandford Avenue.

      William Prust was born Oct 1847 in Cheltenham, England, and died 31 Oct 1927 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He married Ellen Addams on 1871 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetary.Immigration: 1873, Canada. Residence: 1901, Harcourt, Dudley and Dysart, Peterborough (East/Est), Ontario.More About William Prust and Ellen Addams:Marriage: 1871, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. They had three daughters and two sons. Descendants still live in Toronto.

      As for my book, you can order it from me. Email me your address at and send me a cheque or money order for $40 ($25 plus postage and envelope). This is the new book with pictures and has really turned out well. I will post some info about Riverdale Gardens on the Leslieville Historical Society Facebook page today.



    • No, Scott, it was torn down in the early 1920s to make room for the row of stores at the north east corner of Jones and Queen, including the butcher shop with the Leslieville Mural on its wall.


  3. Darlene Davis says

    George Leslie married a Caroline A. Davis. She is a daughter of Calvin Davis. Would you have any more information on the Davis family?

    • Hi Darlene, I do have some information, particularly on Elizabeth McDonald and some on Calvin Davis. Most of it is on, but I can convert that into a PDF file and email it to you if you are interested. It won’t tell you a lot beyond who begat who. Calvin Davis was one of Toronto’s first constables.


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