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Wychwood’s Taddle tales

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Just north of Davenport Road, between Bathurst and Christie Streets, sits Wychwood Park, one of Toronto's first gated communities. It is still a private community today, but don't let the "Wychwood Private Road and Park" signs at the entrances deter you. This exclusive neighbourhood, with its shaded streets and pricey estates, is the only place in Toronto where the buried Taddle Creek flows above ground.

Named after Wychwood Forest in England, Wychwood Park was founded by landscape painter Marmaduke Matthews and businessman Alexander Jardine. Matthews built his home on a wooded ravine lot in the mid