Fallowfield, Ottawa

Fallowfield, Ottawa

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map_caption = Fallowfield is in the southwestern sector of the City of Ottawa

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Fallowfield is a small Canadian villageCitation
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title = City of Ottawa Official Plan, Volume 2c, Village Plans
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] , in the city of Ottawa, Ontario. Located south-west of Bells Corners, west of Barrhaven and the 416 and north-east of Richmond within the southwest area of the city.

Fallowfield is located in the triangle of Fallowfield Road, Richmond Road and Steeple Hill Crescent and also includes Richmond Road north up to Hope Side Road. The village serves as a bedroom community for the larger urban area of Ottawa as there are no retail or commercial enterprises in the village. It assumes a rather prominent position over the surrounding countryside as the major part of the Village is located on a gently terraced escarpment. Population for the village is estimated at about 366 peopleCitation
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] as of 2004. Public high school students in this area go to South Carleton High School in Richmond. __NOTOC__


Fallowfield Village was originally settled in the 1820sCitation
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title = Village of Fallowfield Secondary Plan
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] by Irish immigrants from Tipperary and Cork Counties [ cite web| url=http://www.bytown.net/|title=Migration and Settlement in the Ottawa, Canada area in the 1800s - Table 2| accessdate=2007-10-23] at which time the majority of Carleton County was similarly settled. There are two churches, both along Steeple Hill; St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church built in 1833 cite web
title=St. Patrick's Fallowfield,History of the church
] with the current stone chapel completed in 1866 and the Fallowfield United Church built in 1868 with the current chapel completed in 1886. cite web
title=Fallowfield United Church 1886 to the present
] . The corner stone for the United (then Methodist) church was laid by Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The name for the area was Piety Hill but the village name was not formalized to Fallowfield until June 1, 1872, with the appointment of a postmaster, P. Omeara, and the opening of a post office. cite web|url=http://www.bytown.net/postmen.htm|title=Some Early Post Offices and Postmasters in Carleton County |accessdate=2007-10-23] As a direct result of this action, the village received its name, the origin of which was inspired by nearby fields that were in the process of being fallowed for the summer and is not historically linked to Fallowfield, in Manchester, England. The post office was closed June 30, 1914. For a timeline perspective, the Rideau Canal was built between 1826 and 1832 and the village of Richmond, to the southwest, was settled in 1818.

Fallowfield village was a strategic stop over point for travels between Perth, Richmond, Ontario and Bytown (later to become Ottawa). By the turn of the century, Fallowfield was a bustling village and it became a favourite stopping place for travelers, especially farmers with their produce wagons and horse teams, on route to and from the market in Ottawa. At one time there were four hotels in the village to serve the traveling public. In addition, there were three carriage shops, two blacksmiths, a grist mill, tailor shop, cheese factory, shoemaker, general store and weigh scales for the farmers to weigh their produce. The widespread use of the automobile most likely rendered the village into a bedroom community as farther distances could be traveled in one day with no need for stop overs like what Fallowfield village offered.

Fallowfield village was originally part of Carleton County, Nepean but has been within the City of Ottawa since January 1 2001 as part of amalgamation.


Old Richmond Road used to follow what is now known as Steeple Hill, the current name coming from the fact that no less than four churches were located in a one kilometer stretch of road. These churches are, from North to South: St. Patrick's Catholic (1866), St. Barnabas Anglican (1889), St. John's Presbyterian(1886) and Fallowfield Methodist(1886). In 1925 the United Church was formed between the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregationalist and St. John's Presbyterian was vacated and demolished in the 1940s. St. Barnabas Anglican was also demolished in the 1940s and only two churches remain today.

2002 Tornado

June 23rd, 2002 saw numerous tragedies in the Ottawa area. The Lady Duck sank [ cite web | url=http://www.tsb.gc.ca/en/publications/reflexions/marine/2005/issue_22/marine_issue22_sec1.asp |title=Being Safety Conscious|publisher=Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)|accessdate=2007-10-23] [cite web |url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2004/06/03/ot_ladyduck20040603.html|title=Lax safety measures cited in Lady Duck sinking|publisher=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] , the OPG Barrett Chute damn overflowed into the Madawaska river killed a mother and son [ cite web |url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2002/06/24/barrett020624.html|title='Wall of water' kills mother, son|publisher=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] and Fallowfield village had a late day F1 tornado at around 5:15pm. cite web | url=http://www.yorku.ca/pat/research/dsills/papers/svrsumm.html |title=ONTARIO SEVERE WEATHER SUMMARY|last=Environment Canada|date=October 1, 2002|accessdate=2008-09-30] cite web | url=http://www.ontariostorms.com/2002/ |title=Ontario Tornados of 2002|accessdate=2008-09-30] Many trees were uprooted and homes damaged. Barns were leveled and garages damaged to the point of demolition. Very few residents were spared from some sort of damage. Mowat's silos, just east of the intersection of Fallowfield Road and Steeple Hill Crescent, were heavily damaged as well.

Public Transit

The community is served by OC Transpo bus route 283 with the only stop located at the intersection of Steeple Hill and Fallowfield. The morning direction is located on the south side of Fallowfield (stop #0870) and the afternoon direction is located on the north side of Fallowfield (stop #2227).


* [http://barrhavencommunity.com/contacts.html Fallowfield Community Association]
* [http://www.nepeanmuseum.on.ca/ Nepean Museum]


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