5190, Colonel Talbot Road, City of London, Ontario, N6P, Canada
5190 Colonel Talbot Road
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Scottsville Cemetery is located at 5190 Colonel Talbot Road, on the east side of Colonel Talbot Road, south of the Highway 402 south interchange, in the former Township of Westminster, now the City of London. The cemetery was established in the early 1800s.
The property was designated, by the City of London, in 2002, for its historical and contextual value or interest, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law L.S.P.-3334-25).
The Scottsville Cemetery is a component of a larger rural residential landscape. It is distinguished topographically by a rise of approximately six feet, above the road level along the northwest that then descends to a dip of three feet below the road level, at the southwest. It is likely that this topographical attribute contributed to the site being selected as a burial ground. The rise and dip create a perception of separation from traffic along Colonel Talbot Road. The northern property edge is delineated with a fence line, the east with a row of white spruce trees which date to the late 1800s and the early 1900's. The southeast edge is bordered by a length of fence and the southern edge by a white cedar hedge.
Scottsville Cemetery was established in the early 1800s and registered in 1853. It served as a burial ground for some of the earliest settlers of Westminster Township. The most prominent individual interred within the Scottsville Cemetery is Peter McGregor, the first settler of the original town of London. His original oak grave marker deteriorated over the years and is now housed at the London Museum. A new marker was installed and dedicated in the early 1980s.
Source: City of London By-law L.S.P.-3334-25.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of Scottsville Cemetery include its:
- variety of gravestones, including those that mark the internment of early Westminster Township Pioneers
- variety of styles, materials and symbolism represented in the markers and monuments
- relationship to Colonel Talbot Road, situated on a rise of six feet above road level to the northeast and descending to a dip of three feet below road level at the southwest edge
- row of white spruce trees on the eastern boundary of the cemetery
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
2002/01/01 to 2002/01/01
1853/01/01 to 1853/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Philosophy and Spirituality
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of London
Planning and Development Department
300 Dufferin Avenue
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