Bewdley, Ontario

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Bewdley
township
Bewdley is located in Ontario
Bewdley
Bewdley
Location of Bewdley in Ontario.
Coordinates: 44°05′16″N 78°19′17″W / 44.08778°N 78.32139°W / 44.08778; -78.32139Coordinates: 44°05′16″N 78°19′17″W / 44.08778°N 78.32139°W / 44.08778; -78.32139
CountryCanada
ProvinceOntario
CountyNorthumberland
Elevation
193 m (633 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern Time Zone)
Postal code
K0L 1E0
[1]

Bewdley is a community in the Township of Hamilton, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, with a population of about 650 people.[1] The community was founded by William Bancks, whose ancestral home was Bewdley in England. It is located on the western end of Rice Lake about 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of Port Hope.

History[edit]

The area was used for habitation before this by native settlers. The first land grant was in 1794 to Nellie Grant, the daughter of a colonial administrator. The early local name for Bewdley was Black's Landing, taken from a tavern in the area. Early on, there were sawmills which drove settlement in the area.

William Bancks came to the area in 1833 and tried to organize the creation of a gentlemen's colony and a sawmill. The town is known for its monument to Joseph M. Scriven, who preached upon the village streets around the 1860s.

Recreation[edit]

The tourist and fishing industries have helped the Bewdley of today to be known as an enjoyable vacation spot on Rice Lake.

Economy[edit]

The post office on Rice Lake services locals with lock boxes and one rural route.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Querying Canadian Geographical Names - Bewdley". nrcan.gc.ca. Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012.