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The Cobourg Jail (Gaol) was probably quite typical of early Upper Canada prison facilities.
Records begin in 1837, with the uprising bringing in many prisoners accused of treason.
The Home District Jail register records name, when committed, crimes, when discharged, by whom discharged, sentence and remarks.
Their are a number of Military prisoners also listed in the Home District indexes, these are noted with an asterisk *.
The would have been primarily responsible for criminals along the Lake Ontario shoreline, from Bowmanville in the west, to Brighton Village in the east, the northern townships of Northumberland and Durham counties, and as far north as Peterborough and Victoria Counties prior to 1839, when the new Colborne District Gaol at Peterborough opened.
The Newcastle District Jail register recorded name, age, native of, crime charged with, by whom committed, education, ie reading/writing, date of committment, sentence, date of discharge, conduct in jail/remarks.
In other parts of the building there was found: Five common stoves, three tables, fifteen chairs and Judge's chair, chest belonging to Clerk of the Peace, five good padlocks, eighteen bad!