Thursday, June 23, 2011

Christ Church Kildare Capes

I was up to North Cape on Monday evening - here's a few photos I took as I traveled from Alberton along the shore.
Above: the second Christ Church at Kildare Capes.  This church was moved here following the fire of the first Christ Church, below.
Above: Rev. Dyer described this church, started about 1851, in his journal on  August 15, 1859 - “After family prayer this morning I went with some of our friends to see the church.  I was struck at the appearance of it.  It looked more like a shed at a coal mine than a church.  It has been put up so many years to certain degrees, namely, the frame up, and rough‑boarded in, and the boards had become quite black with the weather.  It is rather small, 30x22 chancel, 9x6, the entrance or tower, 6 feet square.  It is rather prettily situated on two acres of good land given by the Mrs. Travers, and if fenced, it forms an excellent graveyard.  When the harvest is gathered in the people are going to try to finish it.  I shall be glad and thankful when it is done.” 

Below - view of the church looking at the Southeast corner.   This church was moved here from Montrose, a recently deconsecrated Presybeterian Church in 1926.  It was moved by well-known building hauler Spurgeon Jeffery of Lauretta, PEI.  The spectacle of the move was talked about for years by local residence who witnessed it.   Spurgeon's daughters Mary & Eva kept journals - they recorded October 10, 1926:  Rain last night.  Father went to Kildare this morning to haul church.
Below: View of the Northeast corner.  The church has been a beacon for fishermen for more than a century.
Below are miscellaneous details of the church.

Note the detailing of the cedar shingles over the gothic transom.

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