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Name Origins: Descriptive Land Feature (possibly from the chokecherries common to the area).
Cherry, from Middle English, chiri.
Grove, from Old English, ‘place at the grove or coppiced wood’. A common name.
From: A Dictionary of British Place Names
Cultural Affiliation: English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
This crescent, located in the Mayliewan neighbourhood, takes its name from the Cherry Grove subdivision, which existed here in the early 1900s. The original owners of the land were George and Elizabeth Cresswell, who settled it in 1905. They originally planned to subdivide their property. The crash of Edmonton's real estate market in 1913, however, bankrupted many land speculators and brought the city's remarkable pre-WWI growth to a halt. The city would not see a boom in the land market again until after WWII. Because of this, many of the neighbourhoods that had been subdivided and named in the first decade of the twentieth century remained farmland and were not developed until well after the 1950s. The Cresswell family continued to farm here until the 1970s, when the land was finally developed for residential use. It is possible that chokecherries, which are native to this region, are the source of this name.
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