Tuesday, March 04, 2008


St. George's, Goderich, Ontario

Goderich, Ontario is on the shore of Lake Huron. The townsite, laid out in 1829, has wide streets radiating from a central octagonal square. The present St. George's Anglican, Goderich, one block north of the square, was opened St. George's Day 1881 replacing a frame building burned in 1879.

Sanctus Georgious, GoderichSt. George's, Goderich, OntarioThe church was built with its spire placed at the street intersection for greatest visibility, resulting in the church having a west rather than the more usual east orientation. Also unusual in an Anglican church is the floor sloping towards the pulpit, a feature more common in Methodist churches.

The Parish Hall was built as a separate structure in 1882, and was joined to the church in 1924. The window shown right illustrates "Suffer the little children to come unto me" and is in the baptistery, which was originally the front door. It was manufactured by Wippell's in England.

St. George's is a 2-point parish with Christ Church, Port Albert, which is about 15km north of Goderich. Rector is the Rev. Allan Livingstone.