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In 1815 George Denison bought a park lot that included the land between what is now Major Street and Lippincott Street, and running north to Bloor Street. His residence called "Belle Vue" was located approximately where the Kiever Synagogue now stands, and across from what is now known as Denison Square. The Denisons were prosperous, conservative gentry, and along with their strong connections to the business community were actively involved in public, church and military service.

Kensingtons street names have links to the Denisons, including Lippincott, Augusta, Denison and Belle Vue, and reflect the British influence with College, Oxford, Kensington, St. Andrew and Wales.

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