Hear about Greenwood’s history of bricks – September 11, 2014

You are invited to a talk about the history of brickmaking along Greenwood Avenue.
September 11, 2014
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At the Brickyard Grounds, 1289 Gerrard Street East 
(southwest corner of Greenwood and Gerrard)

You may also be interested in seeing a previous post: Greenwood Avenue’s history of bricks. The Ashbridges operated a brickyard just north of present-day Duke of Connaught School.

The speaker on September 11 at Brickyard Grounds is Joanne Doucette, an east end historian and author of Pigs, Flowers and Bricks: A history of Leslieville to 1920.

Sept. 9 update: Joanne has advised there is a prix fixe menu $20 at her talk – contact the Brickyard Grounds directly for a reservation. If you plan to attend RSVP to sophie@brickyardgrounds.com
Or call the restaurant at 416-465-4444.

Joanne has also written a history brochure of the Ashdale neighbourhood (Gerrard-Ashdale area). The following is excerpted from her material for this talk:

The clay pits brickmakers left behind are still with us today, disguised as subdivisions, parks, schoolyards and even Gerrard Square!

John Price’s shale pit on Greenwood Avenue is now the site of a housing complex and secondary school.
Felstead Park is the site of the Logan brickyard.
Greenwood Park is the site of the Russell and Morley brickyards.
Another became Harper’s Dump, the main municipal tip for Toronto, which later became the TTC yards on Greenwood.
Many others, large and small, remain. One was the site of the Motordrome, Canada’s first board motorcycle racetrack.
Another was the site of the Ulster Stadium where the soccer greats of the 1920s and 30s played the beautiful game against local teams.

For more information, please contact Joanne Doucette or the Brickyard Grounds at 416-465-4444.

1928 CityTorontoArchives July 5-TorontoBrickCo.belowFelstead-f1231_it0728
Toronto Brick Company 1928 – east of Greenwood just north of the railway tracks – City of Toronto Archives

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