The term "Woodfield" refers to a geographic area which has been identified as a downtown neighbourhood by area residents and recognized as such by the Planning Department. Historically, Woodfield developed as a result of the city's expansion north and eastward. Several factors have contributed to the delineation of Woodfield. Several early estates were established in this area which drew affluent Londoners. This expansion, eastward, stopped at Adelaide Street and the Grand Trunk Railway established a boundary to the south. Today, the recognized perimeters of the neighbourhood are Richmond Street (west), the CPR tracks (north), Queens Avenue (south), and Adelaide Street (east).
West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District was designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act in 2008.
The West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District has an irregular shape and is adjacent to the East Woodfield Heritage Conservation District. West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District is bounded by Richmond Street to the west, Dufferin Avenue and Queens Avenue to the south, Maitland Street and Peter Street to the east and Central Avenue and Pall Mall Street to the north. These boundaries include approximately 500 properties, primarily residential, but also commercial, retail and office as well as churches and other institutional uses and Victoria Park.