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The Gooderham & Worts families emigrated from the Scole / Bungay area of England in the early 1830s, arriving in York, (now Toronto, Canada). First came James Worts, accompanied by his 13 year-old son, James Gooderham Worts. They built the windmill near the mouth of the Don River. They were followed in 1832 by William and Ezekiel Gooderham, their sister, Elizabeth (James Worts' wife) and 54 extended family members. Over the following 75 years, these families created the largest distillery in the world, as well as contributing to milling, banking, railways, shipping, farming and other essential components of the growing industrial country. They were active in the church and in various communities, as well as in health care and even in our political institutions. In 2013, descendants of the Gooderham and Worts families created an online website that includes a family tree with photos, documents and stories.


1868 The Fence around Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall is surrounded by an intricate iron fence that runs the length of Queen Street. In 1868 the ornate fence was completed. It was built by William Gooderham's son, Henry's father-in-law, William Hamilton. The fence provides a defining line between the heritage building and the heavily populated Queen Street. The Victorian design envelops Osgoode Hall in a charming manner. The fence is well known for its "cow gates." The design is similar to cattle gates that are erected to house animals. To date there is no proof that the ornate fence surrounding Osgoode Hall was erected for that reason. The cow gates of Osgoode Hall were in all likelihood no more than an ornament to be contemplated by busy barristers dreaming of simpler times and greener places. A few of the details in the fence may be wrought iron (if they are original but there are no more sources for true wrought iron in North America), the vast bulk of the fence is cast iron. Intricate and beautiful to be sure, but not wrought iron.

"Osgoode Hall Fence"

"Courtesy of Toronto Public Library"


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