Warwick is a rural township in Lambton County, Ontario, Canada, with a population (2016) of 3,692.
|Township of Warwick|
|• Mayor||Jackie Rombouts|
|• Federal riding||Lambton—Kent—Middlesex|
|• Prov. riding||Lambton—Kent—Middlesex|
|• Land||290.20 km2 (112.05 sq mi)|
|• Density||12.7/km2 (33/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||519 and 226|
Bisected by the Egremont Road that was surveyed to link London with the Lake Huron shoreline in 1832, the township began to attract settlers including those helped by charitable organizations, such as Lord Sheffield's Petworth settlers, and retired soldiers from the British Army. A village by the same name was surveyed within the township where Bear Creek crossed the Egremont.
The larger village of Watford was established to the southeast of Warwick Village when the Great Western Railway was established in the 1850s. Watford became an incorporated village in 1873 while parts of Warwick were removed for municipal purposes when the villages of Forest and Arkona were incorporated in the 1870s.
With municipal restructuring in 2001, Watford and Warwick were merged. While agriculture remains a mainstay the township's location between the cities of London and Sarnia means that increasingly residents find work in these larger centres. Starting in 2005 a group of volunteers actively worked to research and write a detailed history of the township and collect a substantial archive of historical materials. The resulting project was published as The Township of Warwick: A Story Through Time in 2008. Subsequently, an archives of the materials was established at the Lambton Room in Wyoming, Ontario.
In addition to Warwick and Watford, the township also includes the smaller communities of Birnam and Wisbeach.
Watford was first settled in 1851 at what was known as Brown's Corners, a stagecoach stop between the village of Warwick and Brooke Township. The Great Western Railway was built in 1856 and caused the settlement to be relocated near the tracks, in its present location. It was incorporated as the village of Watford in 1873. Watford was either named for the Watford in England, or by Col. Brown for his home town of Watford, Ireland.
There was a great fire in the 1880s that destroyed much of the town during a Guy Fawkes Night celebration.
In 1972 Watford Roof Truss started manufacturing wood trusses for delivery in the Southwestern Ontario and Southern Michigan markets. Watford Roof Truss is still a major employer in the town.
|Canada census – Warwick, Ontario community profile|
|Population:||3,692 (-0.7% from 2011)||3,717 (-5.8% from 2006)||3,945 (-2.0% from 2001)|
|Land area:||290.20 km2 (112.05 sq mi)||290.20 km2 (112.05 sq mi)||290.20 km2 (112.05 sq mi)|
|Population density:||12.7/km2 (33/sq mi)||12.8/km2 (33/sq mi)||13.6/km2 (35/sq mi)|
|Median age:||40.8 (M: 40.1, F: 41.3)||40.7 (M: 39.9, F: 41.7)||37.6 (M: 35.8, F: 39.4)|
|Total private dwellings:||1,432||1,434||1,425|
|Median household income:||$72,277||$57,383|
|References: 2016 2011 2006 earlier|
Populations prior to amalgamation (2001):
- Population total in 1996: 4,141
- Warwick (township): 2,481
- Watford (village): 1,660
- Population in 1991:
- Warwick (township): 2,519
- Watford (village): 1,524
The township's current mayor is Jackie Rombouts, and its councillors are Jerry Westgate, Wayne Morris, Todd White and Colin Mitchell. They were elected in 2018 and their term will end in 2022, in conjunction with province-wide municipal elections in Ontario.
- "Warwick census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Warwick, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "The Township of Warwick: A Story Through Time". Warwick Township History Committee. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
- "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
- "Council". Township of Warwick. Retrieved June 17, 2019.