Centennial Park is located in downtown Uxbridge behind the township office and the stores on Brock Street. The Great Canadian Trail and the Uxbridge Historic Trail pass through the pavilion located in the park. In the 1800’s this area looked very different. Back then the area was covered by Wheler’s Pond (seen below)
The following photos courtesy of Uxbridge The Good Old Days and Uxbridge The First 100 Years by: J. Peter Hvidsten
This photo is believed to be take from the Anglican Church bell tower in the late 1800s and shows Wheler’s Pond and downtown. Of note in the photo, you can see the home of Joseph Gould on Main Street in the lower right. This stately residence was torn down in 1961-62 to provide a playground for the newly constructed St. Josephs Catholic School (now the site of the Uxbridge Township Office). Read more about the Uxbridge Township Office/St. Joseph Catholic School
In the middle of the photo near the top you can see the Trinity United Church, which was torn down in 2022 after it was hit by a tornado earlier that year. On the left side of the photo you can see the Bell Tower located behind the Library.
This aerial view taken in the early 1900s shows the pond viewed over the corner of Toronto Street and Brock Street. This photo also shows a number of historical buildings, some of which are long gone. In the middle of the photo you can see the The Joseph Gould Institute (Uxbridge Public Library) and the Bell Tower. To the right of the Library site is the Mansion House Hotel (torn down in 1963) with the stables behind it. Beside the Library you see the Jones Hardware building (taken down in the late 1940s) and across the street is the Market Hall (torn down in 1955).
Looking across Wheler’s Pond South East behind the Library.
This rare photo shows the bell tower from behind from the bridge at the north end of Whelers Pond.
Behind the bell tower you can see the stables at the Mansion House Hotel.
Courtesy of Uxbridge The First 100 Years by: J. Peter Hvidsten
The above photo shows Wheler’s Pond looking to the south west. Up on the hill you can see the home of Joseph Gould and the Anglican Church on Main Street. The photo below shows the area today taken from a similar vantage point. The Medical Centre on Toronto Street now hides the view.
In the late 1940s the pond was no longer needed for water power, and was reverted to being a creek. The pond bottom for many years became the town’s dump. As a Centennial project in 1967, the former pond site and dump became Centennial Park.
The photo below shows the dump in 1957.
The area today is now made up of Centennial Park and a Municipal Parking Lot.
Photos courtesy of Uxbridge The Good Old Days and Uxbridge The First 100 Years by: J. Peter Hvidsten
Source: Uxbridge The Good Old Days and Uxbridge The First 100 Years by: J. Peter Hvidsten and http://www.DiscoverUxbridge.ca