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Morden

Morden is named for Alvery Morden, who was an early settler from Ontario.

 

Location:  Morden is located in the south central part of the Province along the Dead Horse Creek.

Judicial District:  Southern Judicial District

 

Courthouse – Morden

 

Location:  301 Wardrop Street / 7th Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  Samuel Hooper of Winnipeg

Contractor:  T T Thompson

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story fieldstone structure. The building is surrounded by spacious landscaped grounds and is located north of the city centre. The south front has a slightly projecting centre section with semi-circular pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance on the south front is framed with stone. Stone trim decorates the corners of the building. In the basement were incarceration cells, an apartment for the resident caretaker, and mechanical rooms. The first floor had offices for judges and other court officials, and the second floor had a large courtroom along the south side and rooms for witnesses and others. The building is the seat of the Southern Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect, Samuel Hooper of Winnipeg, designed courthouses in Brandon, Minnedosa and Winnipeg.

 

History:  The first courthouse was a brick a structure built at Nelson ( north of Morden ) around 1883. When the railway was constructed through Morden, Nelson ( Dunston ) was abandoned  in 1905 and the second courthouse and present was constructed in Morden in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $40,000.

 

 

 

Morden Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court of King’s Bench courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Townsite north of Morden

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2016