Christ Church, Upper Canada Village, Ontario, Canada

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Christ Church was built in 1837 in an aesthetic style known as Picturesque. Although the building reflects that sense of order, symmetry and balance that were the hallmarks of 18th century classicism, the pointed Gothic window arches and decorative trim on the tower add a Romantic touch to the building.
The land for the church and the financial support for its construction were given to the Church of England congregation of Moulinette by Adam Dixson, a wealthy, local miller. The first service conducted in the church, before it was actually completed, was for his wife’s funeral, and within a year, his own funeral service had also taken place.
The church has a fine melodeon, a reed organ built in 1862 by Samuel Warren of Montreal. There is no cross in the church and no candles on the altar; such things were unacceptable to this congregation in the 1860s.
Like so many other community institutions, the church was a meeting place for families, particularly for young people seeking a partner. People were baptised, married and buried all in one location.

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