They are indeed the same plaque. (And go to those other locations: they're still there, unless some short-sighted works people trashed any of them)
This is a wonderful link to the history of Pottery Road.
I was previously only aware of Pottery Rd. between Broadview & the Bayview Extension - this site reveals another aspect of the road.
thanks for the kind words, goldie
i trust i'm not breaking any forum rules by posting a link to another article on my site about pottery road from last year...
some of you may be familiar with this aerial photo from 1942 in the toronto archives --
you might have to save it to disk and rotate it 180 degrees, but you can easily trace pottery road from the river north to the CP main line, where it takes a very hard left and climbs up to join the southern end of bayview
- Thorncliffe Avenue, where my first house is/was, was built. I wonder what the Don Valley looked like back then from that lookout perspective. This was before the re-routing of the river for the DVP.
- I'm trying to map out where Bayview would be, and how the current construction for the Hydro project would demonstrate the remnants of Pottery Road North. If it runs up to the Loblaws/Drug Store parking lot, where is it demonstrated in this picture? It seems it runs west towards Bayview Heights, whereas my understanding is that the run along the north side of the main line went east.
- The Brickworks had a road that shot directly over to Todmorden Mills. I never mentally connected the two.
- The river layout in this image would explain some of the strange "bridgways" at Todmorden. I never understood the back 40 at that place, but it's now obvious they were structures to accommodate the river doing it's strange route through the property. And it also explains why the swampland which I used to play in/around as a kid, is there. Remnants of the real river.
- The beginnings of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The circle is there. The Gulf/Petro Canada isn't.
- Looks like Pottery Road South emptied north of Mortimer.
in the 1942 aerial photo, pottery road does indeed run westwards from the CP tracks, up the hill to the end of (now) bayview heights
this was the "old old" portion of the top end, and it was replaced shortly afterwards (but well before the late 1950s when the bayview extension was constructed) with the section that runs northwards towards the loblaws (the "new old" section)
yes, the south end of pottery road used to empty out on hillside drive, pretty much where the charles sauriol parkette is today
if you walk to the back of the parkette, behind the trees and bushes in this picture, you can clearly see the old pottery road roadbed going down the hill
this portion was too steep so the road was diverted south to join broadview at mortimer instead
that is some NICE grass!
Here's some 'north at the top' shots of the north and south ends of Pottery Road. They come from the Valley Lands Collection dated Apr 3, 1942
North - easy to spot Governor's Bridge area
South - interesting to see the road to the Brickworks
The Brickworks pit is not half the size it was when they were done with it. And I guess Todmorden wanted to preserve the river's past through there. The last one was pretty old, and needed something...but a rebuild for a bridge that isn't needed? Heh. It's neat to see all the footpaths, as I'm assuming they aren't TTC routes.