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The Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains

The Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Peterborough
The City of Peterborough
On the northeast corner of Hunter Street and Reid Street


Coordinates: N 44 18.320 W 78 19.647

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Plaque Text

The parish of St. Peter-in-Chains was established in 1826 to serve the large Irish Catholic population of the surrounding Robinson Settlement. This building, erected in 1837-1838 of stone from nearby Jackson's Creek, is one of the oldest remaining Catholic churches in Ontario. Reportedly designed by the Toronto architect James Chevette, it follows the modified Gothic Revival style popular in Upper Canada during the period. In 1882 when the Diocese of Peterborough was erected St. Peter's became a cathedral. Two years later it was extensively renovated and enlarged under its first Bishop, Jean Francois Jamot. Although altered on various occasions, most notably by the addition of a fifth bay to the nave in 1967, St. Peter-in-Chains has retained its original elegance and imposing form.

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The Robinson Settlement 1825

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