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District Court-House and Gaol 1833

District Court-House and Gaol 1833

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

District Court-House and Gaol 1833

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

District Court-House and Gaol 1833

Photo by contributors David & Kellie Clifford - March, 2009

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The City of Cornwall
On the northwest corner of Pitt Street and Water Street

Coordinates: N 45 00.915 W 74 43.656


Plaque Text

The central portion of this building was completed in 1833 and served as the court-house and gaol of the Eastern District. First named Luneburgh, this district was established in 1788 by proclamation. In 1794 an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada authorized the magistrates of the District Court of Quarter Sessions to erect a court-house and gaol at Cornwall. A two-storey frame structure was completed on this site about 1802 and, until destroyed by fire in 1826, served as the centre of local judicial and municipal administration. It was replaced by the main block of the present building, which is one of the province's oldest remaining public structures.

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Cornwall Plaques

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