Warwick, Ontario

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Warwick
Township
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Warwick is located in Ontario
Warwick
Warwick
Coordinates: 43°00′N 81°53.5′W / 43.000°N 81.8917°W / 43.000; -81.8917Coordinates: 43°00′N 81°53.5′W / 43.000°N 81.8917°W / 43.000; -81.8917
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Lambton
Settled 1830s
Formed 2001
Government
 • Mayor Todd Case
 • Federal riding Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
 • Prov. riding Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Area[1]
 • Land 290.20 km2 (112.05 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,717
 • Density 12.8/km2 (33/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code N0M 2S0
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Website www.warwicktownship.ca

Warwick is a rural township in Lambton County, Ontario, Canada, with a population (2011) of 3717.

Bisected by the Egremont Road that was surveyed to link London with the Lake Huron shoreline in 1832, the township began to attract settlers including those helped by charitable organizations, such as Lord Sheffield's Petworth settlers, and retired soldiers from the British Army. A village by the same name was surveyed within the township where Bear Creek crossed the Egremont.

The larger village of Watford was established to the southeast of Warwick Village when the Great Western Railway was established in the 1850s. Watford became an incorporated village in 1873 while parts of Warwick were removed for municipal purposes when the villages of Forest and Arkona were incorporated in the 1870s.

With municipal restructuring in 2001, Watford and Warwick were merged. While agriculture remains a mainstay the township's location between the cities of London and Sarnia means that increasingly residents find work in these larger centres. Starting in 2005 a group of volunteers actively worked to research and write a detailed history of the township and collect a substantial archive of historical materials. The resulting project was published as The Township of Warwick: A Story Through Time in 2008. Subsequently, an archives of the materials was established at the Lambton Room in Wyoming, Ontario.[2]

In addition to Warwick and Watford, the township also includes the smaller communities of Birnam and Wisbeach.

Watford village[edit]

Watford was first settled in 1851 at what was known as Brown's Corners, a stagecoach stop between the village of Warwick and Brooke Township. The Great Western Railway was built in 1856 and caused the settlement to be relocated near the tracks, in its present location. It was incorporated as the village of Watford in 1873. Watford was either named for the Watford in England, or by Col. Brown for his home town of Watford, Ireland.

There was a great fire in the 1880s on November 5 that destroyed much of the town during a Guy Fawkes Night celebration.

In 1972 Watford Roof Truss started manufacturing wood trusses for delivery in the Southwestern Ontario and Southern Michigan markets. Watford Roof Truss is still a major employer in the town. In 2009 they made a deal with Toronto that this small town would get a couple of million dollars every year for holding their garbage.

Demographics[edit]

Municipal office

Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2006: 3945
  • Population in 2001: 4025
  • Population total in 1996: 4095
    • Warwick (township): 2481
    • Watford (village): 1660
  • Population in 1991:
    • Warwick (township): 2519
    • Watford (village): 1524

Mayors[edit]

The current mayor is Todd Case.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Warwick census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ http://www.warwickhistory.ca/
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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