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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leacock House / “The Castle” (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)

Around 1881, Edward Phillip Leacock built a grand house overlooking the town of Birtle in what is now the Municipality of Prairie View. Known locally as “The Castle,” the building was not completed until after Leacock left, and the remaining work was overseen by its next owner, Mayor John Sanderson Crawford.

Leacock House

Leacock House (circa 1886). Shown in the photo, standing at left, was Capt. Harry Arnold, killed in South Africa, and right, unknown. Seated: E. P. Leacock with his son; Dr. Harrison, MP for Neepawa; Mr. Pentland of the Land Titles Office in Birtle, Mrs. Leacock with her daughter. The little girl in front is not identified.
Source: Birtle Eye-Witness, 4 October 1972.

A view of the Leacock House on the hill overlooking Birtle

A view of the Leacock House on the hill overlooking Birtle (circa 1910)
Source: Birdtail Country Museum

The former Leacock House

The former Leacock House (2013)
Source: Nathan Hasselstrom

The former Leacock House

The former Leacock House (March 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.42745, W101.05069
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Edward Phillip “EP” Leacock (1853-1927)

Memorable Manitobans: John Sanderson Crawford (1837-1916)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leacock House (442 Scotia Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


We thank Brenda Evans and Ron Bell for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Hasselstrom (Birdtail Country Museum) and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2021

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