Southwold, Ontario

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Southwold
Township
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Southwold is located in Ontario
Southwold
Southwold
Coordinates: 42°45′N 81°19′W / 42.750°N 81.317°W / 42.750; -81.317Coordinates: 42°45′N 81°19′W / 42.750°N 81.317°W / 42.750; -81.317
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Elgin
Incorporated 1852
Government
 • Mayor James McIntyre
 • Federal riding Elgin—Middlesex—London
 • Prov. riding Elgin—Middlesex—London
Area[1]
 • Land 301.71 km2 (116.49 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,494
 • Density 14.9/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code N0L
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Website www.twp.southwold.on.ca

Southwold is a township in Elgin County, in Ontario, Canada, located on the north shore of Lake Erie. It is a rich agricultural zone producing predominantly corn and soybeans. It is part of the London census metropolitan area.

History[edit]

Southwold was named in 1792 after Southwold in Suffolk, England. The municipality was incorporated in 1852.

Shedden's growth occurred when the Canada Southern Railway was built, bypassing Fingal. Later it was joined by the Pere Marquette railway, still further boosting Shedden's importance. Both railways are now defunct. Talbotville is situated at the intersection of highways 3 & 4, two of the oldest roads in the region.

Southwold was the site of the 2006 Shedden massacre.

Economy[edit]

The township is home to the Green Lane Landfill site, a large dump recently purchased by the City of Toronto. Waste from Toronto is expected to be shipped to the site in 2010. Southwold was also home of the Ford St. Thomas Assembly plant until its closure in 2011.

Communities[edit]

Best village From

Shedden

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2006: 4724
  • Population in 2001: 4487
  • Population in 1996: 4282 (or 4273 when adjusted to 2001 boundaries)
  • Population in 1991: 4351

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Southwold census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census