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Wick and Vallentyne

June 18, 2024

Wick from the Air

By Guy Scott

Wick was located 6 lots west of Layton in Brock Township. Wick is an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning hamlet or dwelling place. It is usually used as a suffix with another word such as Keswick or Alynwick; but in Brock it was left alone. Originally it had a railway station, but in the 1880s, the railway transferred to nearby Blackwater. Wick had a school and church as well as a post office, at least one blacksmith and a hotel. The post office and blacksmith disappeared, but the school lingered on into the 1960s, when it was closed as part of the provincial drive to close all one room schools. Wick Church is the surviving emblem of the community today.

West of Sunderland was the small crossroads hamlet of Vallentyne. The hamlet was named after the Vallentyne (or Ballentyne) family, the earliest settlers in the region who came from Scotland. Like most hamlets, the community had a school and a general store/post office. There were several churches in the area, but none at the crossroads hamlet of Vallentyne. THe school (USS #3) was a union school between Brock and Scott Townships. Like neighbouring Vroomanton, the hamlet declined as much business was transferred a few miles down the road to the thriving village of Sunderland.

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