Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Bishop Cronyn Memorial, London, Ontario

Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church, London, OntarioThis London, Ontario parish began in 1860 and in 1870 bought a church building naming it St George's. After the death of Benjamin Cronyn the first Bishop of Huron in 1871 the church was renamed after him in 1873.

Bishop Benjamin CronynBenjamin Cronyn had stopped in London in 1832 en route to Adelaide Township and was persuaded to stay in the emerging district capital. He quickly became rector of St Paul's and St John's (Arva) and chaplain to both the local British garrison and the district jail.

Cronyn founded 101 parishes during his episcopate. Strongly evangelical in his theology he came into conflict with the more tractiturn (restoring traditional Catholic practices) traditions of Trinity College in Toronto, and founded Huron College in 1863.