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St. George the Martyr Anglican Church

St. George the Martyr Anglican Church

Photos by contributor Don Fleming - Posted September, 2012

St. George the Martyr Anglican Church

Plaque Location

The District of Parry Sound
The Municipality of Magnetawan
At the church at 124 Sparks Street South
just south of the river

Coordinates: N 45 39.802 W 79 38.572


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Plaque Text

Reverend William Crompton, a travelling missionary, founded an Anglican mission at Magnetawan in 1880. Later that same year, construction began on this church. Built on the Old Nipissing Colonization Road at a time of tremendous growth in the area, the church provided a spiritual centre for the local community and served as an important meeting place for settlers. The building is a fine example of Carpenter Gothic, a late-19th-century architectural style that incorporated Gothic-inspired elements on wood-framed buildings. Resting on an outcropping of Precambrian bedrock and built with local timber; the church's location, architectural form and materials connect it to the natural landscape. A.J. Casson, a member of the Group of Seven, captured the iconic, picturesque qualities of this church in his painting Anglican Church at Magnetawan. St. George the Martyr has become a significant landmark and a symbol of the cultural and natural foundations upon which much of the province developed.

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The Group of Seven (1920-1933)



Magnetawan Plaques

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