St. Pauls Church, Halifax, NS

St. Pauls Church, Halifax, NS

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ORIGINAL Pen & Ink      Framed. 14  X 16    $395.

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St. Pauls Church, Halifax, NS

St. Paul’s Church was built in 1750 and is the oldest Protestant church in Canada.  Clearly the raising of a fine church was a priority for Lord Cornwallis in his hasty settlement of Halifax.  Cornwallis’ assignment was, indeed, challenging-to instantly create a counter balance to the military, civil and cultural pre-eminence of the French at Louisbourg.  As was much noted at the time, the civil and cultural measure of the few thousand English colonists was pretty marginal.  This Cornwallis sought an elevating remedy by copying London’s beautiful Marybone Chapel, which was, incidentally, the home church of Lord Halifax.  Thus, in effect, Halifax’s St. Paul’s Church was designed by James Gibbs, the famous protégé of Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. martins-in-the-Field, among other world-class edifices.

Alas, however, the visual elegance of St. Paul’s in the rough new garrison town was not matched by interior comfort.  The church remained basically unheated (except by the bodies of the faithful and their hounds in attendance) until the end of the 18th century.  Bishop Inglis observed during his tenure that regular church attendance during the winter months could speed parishioners to an early meeting with their maker.