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St. James Church 1826

St. James Church 1826

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

St. James Church 1826

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

St. James Church 1826

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Augusta
In Maitland, on the west side of Church Street
street number 20
a block and a half north of King Street (Road 2)

Coordinates: N 44 38.306 W 75 36.849


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Plaque Text

Among Augusta Township's earliest settlers were a number of Anglican Loyalists who, by 1785, were holding services in private houses. The first resident missionary, the Reverend John Bethune, was appointed to this area in 1814. Reverend Robert Blakey served the parish from 1821 until his death in 1858, and during his incumbency construction of St. James Church was begun in 1826. A pleasing example of early Gothic Revival architecture, this structure was built by John Shephard, a local mason, on land donated by a parishioner, George Longely. It was consecrated in 1830 by the Rt. Rev. Charles James Stewart, Bishop of Quebec, and it remains largely unaltered from its original design.

Related Ontario plaque
United Empire Loyalists


Other Plaques in Maitland
The Founding of Maitland
Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O., 1890-1960
Pointe au Baril

Augusta Plaques

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> Posted August 16, 2015
Hello there, I've been working on some family history and came across this website. My fourth great grandfather is Reverend Robert Blakey. If there is anything anyone can share with me I would love to hear/read it. I hope to make a trip out that way sometime in the near future to visit his grave and those of other ancestors. I hope to hear from you.
Sincerely, J. Brown jenmbrown1976@gmail.com

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