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Beaconsfield, located on the western part of the Island of Montreal, was once a city in Quebec, Canada. It has since merged with neighbouring Baie-d'Urfé to form the combined Borough of Beaconsfield-Baie-d'Urfe, in the new city of Montreal. Beaconsfield is a part of the suburban, mostly anglophone, part of Montreal that is commonly referred to as the West Island.
The city was named after Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield, who was Prime Minister of Britain in 1868 and again from 1874 to 1880. While the city has historical roots which date back to the 17th century, it was incorporated in 1910 and was known for some time as a semi-rural community of summer cottages. The economic boom of the 1950s saw increased development in Beaconsfield and it would eventually become a suburb of Montreal.
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