19th Century East End Villages: Donmount, Riverside, Leslieville, Norway

Villages of the East End 1878
Villages of the East End, 1878 (1) Donmount/Riverside; (2)Leslieville/Leslie; (3) Norway

These are excerpts from various Directories showing the streets and villages of the East End. The area was also known as “Over the Don” or sometimes “The Goose Flats”. This lists the residents by head of household (i.e. the men). We still have lots of Canada Geese with us though their pickings aren’t from market gardens anymore. They’ve developed a taste for fast food.

1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount1
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount Part One 1
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount2
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount Part 2
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount3
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount Part 3
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount4
1878 City of Toronto Directory Donmount Part 4
1878 City of Toronto Directory King St
1878 City of Toronto Directory King Street (now part of Queen Street)
1878 City of Toronto Directory Laing St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Laing Street
1878 City of Toronto Directory Lake St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Lake Street (now Knox)
1878 City of Toronto Directory Leslie St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Leslie Street
1878 City of Toronto Directory Leslieville1
1878 City of Toronto Directory Leslieville Part 1
1878 City of Toronto Directory Leslieville2
1878 City of Toronto Directory Leslieville Part 2
1878 City of Toronto Directory Lewis St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Lewis Street
1878 City of Toronto Directory McGee St
1878 City of Toronto Directory McGee Street. I have always considered McGee part of Leslieville and it was included in the early directories as part of Leslie. It appears the City of Toronto in the 1880s decided on the boundaries of Leslieville as if it were a southern continuation of DeGrassi — which it is not. Or maybe they simply liked to divide things into neat rectangular blocks when they could. In any case, it is not historically accurate and doesn’t make a lot of sense (My opinion — Joanne Doucette). The Leslies on McGee were Robert Leslie, George Leslie’s brother and his family.
1878 City of Toronto Directory Norway
1878 City of Toronto Directory Norway (Norway Village was the area around the corner of Woodbine and Kingston Road)
1878 City of Toronto Directory Palace St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Palace Street (Palace was part of Front Street).
1878 City of Toronto Directory Saulter St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Saulter Street
1878 City of Toronto Directory Scadding St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Scadding Street (now part of Broadview Avenue south of Queen Street)
1878 City of Toronto Directory South Park St
1878 City of Toronto Directory South Park Street (now Eastern Avenue)
1878 City of Toronto Directory Strange St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Strange Street (Strange Street south of the railway track became Dibble Street)
1878 City of Toronto Directory Wards
1878 City of Toronto Directory Toronto’s Wards
1878 City of Toronto Directory Willow St
1878 City of Toronto Directory Willow Street (now part of Pape south of Queen Street)
1882 County of York Directory and Gazeteer L1
1882 County of York Directory and Gazetteer Leslieville Part 1
1882 County of York Directory and Gazeteer L2
1882 County of York Directory and Gazetteer Leslieville Part 2
1882 County of York Directory and Gazeteer L3
1882 County of York Directory and Gazetteer Leslieville Part 3
1882 County of York Directory and Gazeteer R1
1882 County of York Directory and Gazetteer Riverside Part 1
1882 County of York Directory and Gazeteer R2
1882 County of York Directory and Gazetteer Riverside Part 2
1882 County of York Directory and Gazeteer R3
1882 County of York Directory and Gazetteer Riverside Part 3

Published by Leslieville Historical Society

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.

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