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City of London Information 2001 Census:
  • Population growth in Westminster is up and exceeds that of London. Compared to other neighborhoods in London, Westminster is above average in population.
  • The top five ethnic origins of residents of Westminster are: English, Canadian, Scottish, Irish and French.
  • Home ownership in Westminster is holding steady but higher than London with approximately 8 out of every 10 private dwellings owned.
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Neighbourhood Resources Map

History:
In March of 1793, Governor Simcoe, his aides and Jack Sharp (the family Newfoundland Dog) camped overnight at the Westminster Ponds the evening before they hiked down to the forks of the Thames to the Village of London. The Westminster are saw a lot of action during the Rebellion of 1837 while farmers revolted as they listened to William Lyon MacKenzie at Swartz's Tavern; located on Commissioners where the hospital incinerator building is currently located. At that time, the corner of Wellington and Commissioners was known as Odell's Corners, where the Odell families, United Empire Loyalists had settled in the early 1820s. (See note below about Odell)

Swartz's Tavern became the Guthrie House, the London Ontario location for the Home Children from England. (Wikipedia Home Children Link)  Guthrie house was burned down by the London Fire Department in the early 1970s as a practice for extinguishing fires.

The Westminster ponds area was owned by William Saunders, a pharmacist and son of William Saunders who commenced the wheat breeding program that resulted in the development  Canadian Marquis Winter Wheat, the variety that opened the Canadian West.

William, the son, (a friend of Jack Miner) had turned the ponds area into a local sanctuary for the study of flora and fauna, and lead excursions in the area.  The property was expropriated from Saunders by the Canadian Federal Government and turned into a recovery area for WWII soldiers.

Saunders Pond was also known as Walker's Pond, a family that lived on Wellington Road, who invented the well-known "Walker's Fencing."   Some of Walkers fencing can still be seen at the corners of White Oaks Road and Westminster.

Architectural Styles:
Westminster provides a variety of residential architectural styles to meet any home buyer's wishes.

Schools
The school facilities listed show the schools located in the area. No assumption of automatic enrolment of your child into any particular facility is implied.  Parents must speak to the school board of interest for child enrollment.

Public Elementary:
Arthur Stringer P.S.
Wilton Grove P.S.
Nicholas Wilson

Catholic Elementary:
St. Francis London 

Public Secondary:
Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S.

Catholic Secondary:
Regina Mundi

Post Secondary Institutions
University of Western Ontario

Fanshawe College

Neighbourhoods
Westminster Industrial Park
Millers Green
Heritage Estates
Pond Mills Industrial Park
Wilton Grove Industrial Park

Sports Facilities and Parks

Earl Nichols Arena
South London Community Centre
Heritage Park Baseball Diamond
Westminster Optimist Park Community Pool
Westminster Ponds/Pond Mills Conservation Area
Westminster Ponds Environmental Services

Libraries
Jalna Public Library Branch

Hospitals
London Health Sciences
St. Joseph's Health Care
Parkwood Hospital

Transportation
London Transportation Commission Ride-Guide Map

Shopping

White Oaks Mall

Super Store Mall

Sherwood Forest Mall


Post Secondary Institutions
University of Western Ontario:
Fanshawe College

Sports Facilities and Parks
Westminster Ponds/Pond Mills Conservation Area
Storybook Gardens
Springbank Park

Hospitals
London Health Sciences
St. Joseph's Health Care:

Transportation
London Transportation Commission Ride-Guide Map

Other
Cemetery

Odell: Joseph Odell, Sr's eldest son John Odell, who was married to Enor Scriver, lived in Burtonville (no longer existing) and was a farmer and tavern keeper. They had 10 children by the time John Odell died December 29, 1812. Enor remarried Jacob Manning and had 8 more children. She and her children moved to the London, Ontario area where many of her descendants are today and where she is buried in the Old Wesleyan Methodist Churchyard, Brick Street, south of London. This "Old Methodist Church" is currently the Montessori Day Care located next door to the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS building.