The name "Agincourt" comes from the "Battle of Agincourt", an English victory against a larger French army in the "Hundred Years' War". The battle occurred on Friday, October 25th, 1415, in northern France. Henry V started a massive new period of his reign with the war, where he was very close to capturing the throne of France for himself and his posterity. William Shakespeare used the battle as the centerpiece of his play, Henry V, and thus immortalized the battle.The battle occurred on the land between the forest of Tramecourt and Agincourt (close to the modern village of Azincourt). This was a very narrow strip of land. The French achieved a minor success through a sally from Agincourt Castle behind the front lines of the battle, which were being protected by an English baggage train. In some sources depicting the battle, this led the English army to think they were being attacked from the rear. Many sources not that the English and Welsh army were outnumbered at least four to one!
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Agincourt is a very diverse community in Scarborough, the eastern portion of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is sometimes tongue-in-cheek referred to as "Asian-court" by Torontonians due to the overwhelming Chinese and East Asian immigrant population residing there. The neighbourhood of Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan to the west is sometimes included as part of Agincourt. Both regions are part of the electoral district of Scarborough-Agincourt, and the Agincourt Mall is located in Tam O'Shanter. It is officially recognized by the City of Toronto as occupying the neighbourhoods of Agincourt South-Malvern West and Agincourt North.
Agincourt began as a little village around Knox Presbyterian church. The original frame of Knox Church, built in, 1846 was replaced in 1872 with the story-book brick church that still stands today on the the north-west corner of Sheppard and Midland Avenues. In 1858, the "Agincourt" post office opened in the general store of John Hill. Hill secured this post office with the help of a Quebec member of Parliament who insisted the post office be given a French name. Hill's customers were mostly English and Scottish and so he chose the name "Agincourt" after the French Town where King Henry the V won his famous battle in 1415.
Agincourt began to boom in the late 1800's when two railway lines opened stations here. This led to the building of the first Agincourt subdivision in 1913, on the old Patterson farm north of Sheppard Avenue, between Midland Avenue and the Railway tracks. The most notable progressive development in Agincourt took place between 1945 and 1965, when most of the present day neighbourhood was developed.
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REAL ESTATE AND COMMUNITY PROFILE
Agincourt has one of the largest Asian communities in Toronto. This ethnic mix is visible in the signage of the many shopping malls that proliferate in this neighbourhood. The East Indian and Indo Pakistani community are also well established in Agincourt. The Woodside Cinemas, located at the Woodside Square Mall on McCowan Road, includes theatres that screen East Indian, Indo-Pakistani and Chinese films, occasionally with English subtitles.
"Old Agincourt," located between Midland Avenue and the railway tracks from Sheppard Avenue north to Lockie Avenue contains one of the best collections of Edwardian-style houses in the City of Toronto. These charming brick houses were built in the 1910's and 1920's and include elegant front porches that are reminiscent of a bygone era. The bulk of the houses in Agincourt were built in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. These houses include bungalows, split-level homes, detached two storey homes and townhouses. These houses are situated on suburban size lots with private drives and attached garages.
Agincourt is filled with Asian shopping malls and shopping plazas, particularly along Sheppard Avenue and on McCowan Road north of Finch Avenue. The mix of shopping in these plazas includes Asian supermarkets, fruit stores, seafood restaurants, herbal stores, vegetarian shops, beauty salons, banks and bakeries. The largest shopping mall in this neighbourhood is the Agincourt Mall on Sheppard Avenue. This mall is anchored by both a Wal-Mart department store and a Loblaws supermarket, and features mostly national retailers and chain stores.
Woodside Square, located at the north-west corner of Finch Avenue and McCowan Road is a medium-size indoor shopping mall anchored by discount department stores and a supermarket. This mall features a good mix of fashion, gift, home entertainment and food stores. There is also a large Chinese book store and a herbal and health food store.
The Agincourt Community Centre, located at 31 Glen Watford Drive, offers indoor swimming programs, fitness classes and recreational skating. The Agincourt Lawn Bowling Club operates out of the park adjacent to the community centre. The Agincourt Gardening Club meets regularly at the Christian Centre of Knox United Church, 2575 Midland Avenue. This gardening club recently erected a plaque at the Donalda Park on Donalda Drive commemorating the three varieties of lilacs developed in Agincourt. These species include the "Agincourt Beauty," which is reputed to have the largest lilac flower in the world.
Brimley Woods Park, located just north of Finch Avenue, has a gorgeous display of trillium flowers that bloom in May. This park features a short wood chip nature trail underneath a tall canopy of maple trees. A chorus of bird calls serenades hikers through this beautiful trail. The Woodside Square shopping centre, located at Finch Avenue and McCowan Road, features a public library that offers year-round programming for adults as well as children.
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(PUBLIC) Agincourt Jr., 29 Lockie Ave., (416) 396-6010
(PUBLIC) Alexmuir Jr., 95 Alexmuir Blvd., (416) 396-6025
(PUBLIC) A.S Taylor Jr., 20 Placentia Blvd., (416) 396-6035
(PUBLIC) Brimwood Blvd. Jr., 151 Brimwood Blvd., (416) 396-6085
(PUBLIC) C.D. Farquharson, 1965 Brimley Rd., (416) 396-6110
(PUBLIC) Chartland Jr., 109 Chartland Blvd., (416) 396-6140
(PUBLIC) Iroquois Jr., 90 Ionview Rd., (416) 396-6355
(PUBLIC) Henry Kelsey Sr., 1200 Huntingwood Dr., (416) 396-6315
(PUBLIC) Sir Alexander Mackenzie Sr., 33 Heather Rd., (416) 396-6570
(PUBLIC HIGH) Agincourt C.I., 2621 Midland Ave., (416) 396-6675
(PUPLIC HIGH) Sir William Osler, 1050 Huntingwood Dr., (416) 396-6830
(CATHOLIC) Our Lady of Grace, 121 Brimwood Blvd., (416) 393-5372
(CATHOLIC) St. Bartholomew, 51 Heather Rd., (416) 393-5334
(CATHOLIC) Franciss Libermann, 4640 Finch Ave., (416) 393-5224
Toronto Transit bus lines on Finch and Sheppard Avenues connect passengers to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Bus services on Kennedy, Brimley, McCowan, Bellamy and Markham Roads, as well as Midland Avenue link passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
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