Named after Lord Allenby, a British hero in the first World War, the area now known as the neighbourhood of Allenby was originally settled by the Huron tribe in the 1400's. The village they established was built next to an artesian spring that flowed along where Roselawn Avenue sits today. The slight hill that Allenby School now sits on is said to not be a natural feature of the landscape but rather made by the Hurons to burrow their food stocks underground during the winter. Allenby is nestled between North Toronto and Forest Hill but residents assert their own identity and have a neighbourhood newpaper aptly named: 'Allenby News'. The neighbourhood of Allenby is now considered part of the Bedford Park-Nortown neighbourhood, with the real estate boundaries highlighted below:
Allenby's homes were mostly built in the period between the 1930s and the 1940's, many of them in Tudor style and they sit on spacious lots. Renovations have been made to the homes recently but many homeowners have been careful to retain pieces of the original woodwork and decorative accents, a nod to the tradition and origin of the neighbourhood. There are many 'American foursquare-styled' homes in this neighbourhood that gained popularity mainly as a reaction to mass-produced Victorians and they share many similarities with the 'Prairie School' of architecture as championed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Allenby is well-populated with schools at many different levels. Allenby Public School has a well-respected French Immersion programme and is the main school in the area but there are many other Junior Public Schools. The North Toronto Memorial Community Recreation has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gymnasium, weight and fitness rooms and two ice rinks that are converted to tennis courts in the summer. Conveniently located next door is Eglinton Park that has a baseball diamond, sport field and wading pool. The Beltline Trail is also nearby, a seven kilometre exercise trail that cuts through the centre of the city.
Allenby is serviced by the Eglinton West strip and Yitz's Deli is one of the key attractions; it's been keeping the area in knishes and knackwurst for years. There are also larger stores such as Pusateri's and Sobey's for all your grocery needs and some well-reviewed restaurants if one wants to eat in. Many fine galleries have been popping up; Petroff Gallery deals in many medias: ceramics, glass as well as paintings and mixed media. No longer a Huron village but rather a neighbourhood surrounded by the larger city, Allenby has kept a uniqueness all its own.