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There is quite a bit of Information for genealogists on this site - it is best accessed using the search feature above.  Note that I have almost zero additional information - it is all on the web site.  If you contact me, I will be polite but I don’t have any additional information. The best additional source of info for researchers is at the Cobourg Library where they have a local history room stocked with many historical books and documents. They do have some photos on-line but not much more - you need to visit.

A good source of information is the Northumberland County Archives. Contact the archivist Emily Cartlidge by email here or County Web site here.

The ACO (Architectural Conservancy Ontario) has prepared a list of pre-1867 buildings in Cobourg that are still standing as of 2017.

The following is a preliminary list - more detail and some corrections will follow. 

Thanks to Felicity Pope.

ALBERT ST

87 Albert St - 1850s
90 Albert St - 1850s.
93 Albert St - 1860s
94 Albert St - 1850s.
98-100 Albert St - 1850s.
99-101 Albert St - 1850s.
109 Albert St - 1840s. This house has a particularly fine doorcase.
127 Albert St - 1850. Built by Thomas Floyd
141 Albert St - 1860s. Built for Peter Duncan
219 Albert St - 1820s. Oral histories give this early date to a cottage that was probably built in the 1870s for the Halliday family and reputedly moved from Tweed St or Ball Lane to this site in the late 1800s.
235 Albert St - pre-1850s. Renovation work carried out over the last forty years     suggests an even earlier date.  

ANNE ST

112 Anne St - 1860. Built for Gervas Holmes
129 Anne St - 1865. Built for the Rev. Robert Carson
130 Anne St - 1855. Elm Cottage, built for the Rev. Isaac Aylesworth         

BAGOT ST

93 Bagot St - 1850. Originally a one-storey cottage built by Frederick Jex, sailor
99 Bagot St - 1860. Many changes have been made to this house built by the Jex family.
100 Bagot St - 1853. Built by Henry Hoskins, bricklayer, with a later addition to the north
106 Bagot St - 1850 . Built for William Floyd
209 Bagot St - 1850s
215 Bagot St - 1848. Built by Hugh Crossen

BALL ST

251 Ball St - 1840s. Built by William Battell
252 Ball St - 1850s. Built by James Canavon
326 Ball St - 1840s. Built by George Ball
333 Ball St - 1840s

BALL’S LANE

138 Ball’s Lane - 1858. Built by the Mutton family
142 Ball’s Lane. Built by George Ball

BAY ST

165 Bay St - 1850s
195 Bay St - 1858
224 Bay St - 1852. Built by Edward Farry, carpenter

BLAKE ST

170-172 Blake St - 1840. Thomas Burke House

BOND ST

355 Bond St - 1850s
359 Bond St - 1850s
361 Bond St - 1830s

BROOK RD

9 Brook Road S - 1857. Built for Herbert Caddy, land surveyor. It was variously known as Willowbrook or Brook House
33 Brook Road S - 1850s. Built as the coachhouse for Sidbrook at 411 King St E

BUCHANAN ST

26/28 Buchanan St - 1850s
37 Buchanan St - pre-1858
44 Buchanan St

BUCK ST

21 Buck St - 1860
27 Buck St - 1850
35 Buck St - 1865
40 Buck St - 1837. Elijah Buck House

CHAPEL ST

10 Chapel St - 1850. Built by Richard Pomeroy, a local merchant
53 Chapel St - 1858
57 Chapel St
60 Chapel St - 1860s
129 Chapel St - 1850s
19-21 Chapel St - 1840
165 Chapel St - 1865                     

COLLEGE ST

240 College St - 1844-51. St. Peter’s Anglican Church. The architects were Henry Bowyer Lane and Kivas Tully.
255 College St - 1865
260 College St - 1855. Elliott House
265 College St - 1860
273 College St - 1820s-40s. The original cottage was a single-story dwelling. It was enlarged with the addition of the north wing moved in the 1860s from elsewhere in Cobourg, and a second story was added to the cottage in the early 1900s.
284 College St - 1850. York Cottage
306 College St - 1856. Lazarus Payne House. His business operated out of 326 Division St.
348 College St - 1860. Arthur Macdonald House
354 College St - 1840. Built for Henry Hough, founder of the Cobourg World newspaper
359 College St - 1850s
360 College St - 1853. Built for Charles Elliott
365 College St - 1860. Built for John Greenwood
377-79 College St - 1865
380 College St - 1850s

COTTESMORE AVE

228-330 Cottesmore Ave - 1856. Known as Sunnyside.
320 Cottesmore
365 Cottesmore Ave - 1860s                     

COVERT ST

50 Covert St

D’ARCY ST

320 D’Arcy St - 1850. Powell House
344 D’Arcy St - 1840s                    

DIVISION ST

284 Division St - 1852. Built as the Wesleyan Methodist Church and associated with Egerton Ryerson, now Trinity United Church. Retains its original spire.
262 Division St - 1860s. Built for W.C. Clench, cabinet-maker. The lion’s heads on the façade were taken from Faraday Hall, now demolished.
297 Division St - 1842. Built for Dr. James Gilchrist as his house and office.
318/322/324 Division St - 1846. Built by John Fletcher, with early square beam construction.
319 Division St - 1865. The three gables were added in the 1870s
326 Division St - 1850s. Built by William Grieve for Lazarus Payne, merchant
334 Division St - 1840. McCarty House
345-351 Division St - 1845. Campbell Terrace
346-56 Division St - 1855. Built as workers’ housing
359 Division St - 1845. Built by William Grieve, it still retains its original clapboard siding.
362 Division St
364 Division St
376/378 Division St
382 Division St - 1860s
390 Division St
420 Division - 1833. Built by Ebenezer Perry. The 2nd-storey and side-wings were added later. Now the Woodlawn Inn.             

DURHAM ST

128 Durham St - 1832. Lakehurst

FORTH ST

167 Forth St - 1857
194 Forth St - 1845

FURNACE ST

182 Furnace St - 1852

GEORGE ST

262 George St - pre-1858.  Now covered in stucco, this is one of Cobourg’s older houses
293 George St - 1850s. Moved to this location
326 George St - 1840. William Henderson House
332 George St - 1860s
363 George St - 1857. Built for John Cullingford, pharmacist
364 George St - 1857. Built by Thomas Dumble, known as Dromore
393 George St - 1850s. Original building on right was built for Richard Polkinghorn
423 George St - 1856
429 George St - 1860s
430 George St - 1855. Built as the manager’s house and office for Calcutt’s brewery
452 George St - 1860. Built for Andrew Argue

GREEN ST

94 Green St- 1844
127 Green St - 1836
174 Green St - 1842. Built as parochial school, the second storey and back wing were added after 1906 when it became a private residence.
217 Green St - 1840s         

HAVELOCK ST

33 Havelock St - 1860
50 Havelock St - 1855. Built for R D Chatterton, first editor of the Cobourg Star
97 Havelock St - 1860
105 Havelock St - 1850
106 Havelock St - 1865

HENRY ST

130 Henry St - 1850s. Built by Richard Niles
245 Henry St - 1858. Converted to single dwelling in 1998 with an addition at the rear.
248 Henry St - 1860. Built by Joseph Dock, blacksmith
308 Henry St - 1855. Built for the Rev Walton Beck, the 3 gables were added in the 1870s
332 Henry St - 1859 . Built by merchant Andrew Hewson
348 Henry St - 1859. Built for Austin Striker
369 Henry St
394 Henry St - 1858. Built for Robert Gummow, merchant

HIBERNIA ST

158 &162 Hibernia St - 1856. Built for Robert DeLany
168 Hibernia St - 1850s

JAMES ST

9 James St E - 1850s
10 James St E - 1850s
42 James St E - 1850s
47 James St E - 1850s
48 James St E - 1860s
51 James St E - 1850s
55 James St E
56 James St E
64 James St E - 1850s
66 James St E
104 James St E - 1865. Built by John Fetherstone, painter
128 James St E - 1856. Built by John Bolster
348 James St E
15/17 James St W - 1850s
38 James St W - 1859
50 James St W - 1862
100 James St W
107 James St W - 1860                  

JOHN ST

308-310 John St - 1860s
323 John St - 1850s. Built by Andrew Eloius
351-353 John St - 1860s. Built by John Hopper as rental units
326 John St - 1860s. Built by John Higgin, clerk
361, 363, 365 John St - 1850s. Built as workers’ housing
362 John St - 1860s. Built by John Tinny
370 John St - 1860s. Built for the Reynolds family
380 John St - 1865
411 John St - 1857. Built for William Hitchens

KING ST EAST

9-11 King St E - 1832. Perry Block
14-16 King St E - 1865
25 King St E - pre-1848
35 King St E - 1835. Built as residence for William Gravely, now used as a commercial building.
37-45 King St E - 1844. Boswell Block/Boulton
68 King St E - 1840. Built for the Bethune family. Now much changed with the addition of the cobblestone in the early 20th century
136 King St E
170 King St E - 1848
173 King St E - 1848
188 King St E - 1850s
198 King St E - 1860
272 King St E - 1840. The Maples, built by Mayor David Campbell
411 King St E - 1857. Known as Sidbrook, built for Henry Mason, a director of Cobourg Railway. The architect was Kivas Tully.
444 King St E - 1835. Built by the Wright brothers

KING ST WEST

2 King St W - 1844. Scott Block
5-7-9 King St W - 1840s. The original stone structure can be seen on the west wall
32-34 King St W - 1855
36-38 King St W - 1856. Pringle Block
40-50 King St W - 1844. Covert Block, Boyer Block & Field Block
55 King St W - 1856 - Victoria Hall, architect Kivas Tully.
73 King St W - 1857. Horton House
84 King St W - 1855. Retallick Building
101 King St W - 1850
134 King St W - 1848. Residence built for F. S. Clench, cabinet-maker. Features of the original building can still be glimpsed.
150 King St W
167 King St W - 1839. Original frame dwelling is much changed by several later additions
171 King St W - 1852. Built by Henry Evans, carpenter
177 King St W - 1853
180 King St W - 1866
181 King St W - 1857. Horton House
187 King St W - 1850s. Built for Henry Covert
212 King St W - 1848. Reputedly the birthplace of Marie Dressler, the Oscar winning film star.
216 King St W - 1850. Dickinson Cottage, home of the choir master and organist
230 King St W - 1844. Hazelmeade, originally built as a single-story cottage
266 King St W - 1848-58
275 King St W -1844. Locust Lawn
276 King St W - 1857
295 King St W - 1844. Built by Alexander Sutherland, and home for many years to the Delanty family.
303 King St W - 1858. Built by Alexander Cook
309 King St W - 1854. Built by James Vair
317 King St W - 1853
318 King St W - 1850s. Built by Edward Hales
323 King St W - 1847. The original Field home bought by John Field
326 King St W - 1850s
327 King St W - 1840. Birthplace and boyhood home of Fr. Francis Duffy, WWI Chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces.
340 King St W - 1850s
376-378 King St W - 1863
434 King St W - 1832. The Chestnuts

MATHEW ST

250 Mathew St - 1835
258 Mathew St - 1840. The only ‘salt-box’ style house (usually associated with New England) in Cobourg.

MCGILL ST

241/243 McGill - 1840s. Built by Zeb Sisson, now divided into four apartments

MONK ST

445 Monk St - 1844. Built for Winkworth Tremaine, known as The Hill, it became home to William Weller the stage-coach operator and later in the 1800s to the widow of U.S Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant.   

ONTARIO

132 Ontario St - 1862. Built by George Godeve, insurance agent
163 Ontario St - 1844
181 Ontario St - 1844 .Originally built as a one-storey cottage by the Burnett Brothers
460 Ontario St - 1839. Built by James Lauder
990 Ontario St - 1850s. This brick building, built by Ebenezer Perry as a grist-mill, now functions as a restaurant.
1000 Ontario St
1010 Ontario St

ORANGE ST

73 Orange St - 1865
85 Orange St - 1850s
92 Orange St - 1860s
98 Orange St - 1860s
112 Orange St

ORR ST

144 Orr St - 1850s
141 Orr St - c.1810.  Built for unknown reasons, though locally known as the Barracks, it is now part of the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre.
141 Orr St - 1850s. Cottage moved to this site from elsewhere in Cobourg to become part of the Heritage Centre.

PARK ST

16 Park St - 1850s

PERRY ST

218/220 Perry St - 1852. Built by Edward Ely
230 Perry St - 1860s. Built by D’Arcy Boulton owner of The Lawn for use by his staff
237 Perry St - 1860s. Built by D’Arcy Boulton owner of The Lawn for use by his staff
240 Perry St - 1860s. Built by D’Arcy Boulton owner of The Lawn for use by his staff

QUEEN ST

195 Queen St - 1854. Known as Glebe Lawn, built by Dr. James Auston on Anglican church land
221 Queen St - 1865. Built by John Church. The door-case was re-purposed from a neighbouring house demolished in the 1960s.

ROE ST

420 Roe St - 1860s. Believed to have been built as the coach-house for 423 George St, now re-purposed as a dwelling.

SECOND ST           

201 Second St - 1850 Farmers’ Market

SPENCER ST

18 Spencer St E - 1827. Known as The Poplars, built for the first Sheriff of Northumberland, John Spencer.
18 Spencer St W -
19/21 Spencer St W
30 Spencer St W

SPRING ST

261 Spring St - 1850s. Built by William Battell
289 Spring St - 1860s. Built by Joshua Williams
324 Spring St - 1850s. Built by William McKnight
335 Spring St - 1850s. Built by Charles Perry

SWAYNE ST

16 Swayne St - pre-1840s.
26 Swayne St - 1840s
30 Swayne St - 1860s
44 Swayne St - 1860s

THIRD ST

205 Third St - 1844. Originally known as the St. Lawrence Hotel

TREMAINE ST

118 Tremaine St - 1847
121 Tremaine St - 1850s
134 Tremaine St - 1850s. Built by Lorenzo Green
147 Tremaine St - 1850s
173 Tremaine St - 1844. Known as Mount Fortune, used as an Officers’ Mess during the Fenian raids in 1866.
193 Tremaine St - 1850s
201 Tremaine St - 1860s. Built by William Jex whose family firm became a prominent company in the 20th century

TWEED ST

290 Tweed St - 1850s
300 Tweed St - 1847. Built by John Holman
330 Tweed St - 1846. Built by John Doyle
336 Tweed St - 1856

UNIVERSITY AVE

100 University Ave E - 1836. Operated as Victoria College, until its merger with the University of Toronto in 1892. Architect was Edward Crane.
34 University Ave W  - 1858
130 University Ave W - 1850s
148 University Ave W - 1850s
187 University Ave W - 1856
214 University Ave W
216 University Ave W - 1852. Built by Joseph Woodward
228 University Ave W - 1850s

VICTORIA ST

363 Victoria St
443 Victoria St - 1850s. Built by James Quinn  

WALTON ST

262 Walton St - 1850. Built in the fashionable Regency style, it was probably given as a wedding present to Georgiana Boulton on her marriage to Walton Beck. Later it was lived in by several Superior Court judges.

WILLIAM ST

351 William St - 1844. Built for Peter McCallum a prominent merchant
360 William St - 1860. Recently this house was enlarged and converted into a duplex.  
363 William St
458 William St - 1842. Built for Jacob Corrigal a retired Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Co. His monument stands in St. Peter’s Church yard.