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District Court-House and Gaol 1825

District Court House and Gaol 1825

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

District Court House and Gaol 1825

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell
The Township of Champlain
In L'Orignal, on the southeast corner of Queen Street and
Court Street, one block south of King Street (Road 24)

Coordinates: N 45 37.157 W 74 41.423


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Plaque Text

In 1816 the Ottawa District was established and the Courts of Quarter Session, which at that time possessed local administrative as well as judicial authority, were held in the Township of Longueuil. In 1824 Jacob Marston donated a plot of land in this vicinity for the portion of the present building, constructed by Donald McDonald and Walter Beckworth, contractors, was completed. Designed in the Loyalist Neo-Classic style, this is the oldest remaining court-house in the province. Extensive additions were made in 1861-62.

Court Houses

Other Plaques in L'Orignal
The Founding of L'Orignal
St. Andrew's Church 1832
The Seigneury of L'Orignal

Champlain Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted November 24, 2010
I am also trying to do research on a Walter Beckworth who was my great-grandfather. Charles Walter Beckworth was born about 1860 in Canada. It would have been in the Ottawa vicinity. He married an Elizabeth Davidson there.

> Posted September 29, 2008
Is Walter Beckworth related to Tom Beckworth of Ottawa. My grandpas name is Arthur Leo Beckworth Ottawa. He was born in 1920-died 2005. Email me at kvav@rogers.com

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