Thursday, November 5, 2009

All Saints Anglican - Part 1

I feel like I have been here before. Standing on the side of the road in Granville Centre and watching as an important heritage building is torn to the ground. Shaking my head as another piece of our heritage landscape is wiped from the map. With my camera in hand I diligently document the structure while there is still an opportunity to get some pictures. As I take my shots, I have an odd sense of sadness and frustration mixed with a very unpleasant touch of deja vu.

For some time I have known that All Saints Anglican Church in Granville Centre has been scheduled for demolition. I learned of this fate this summer after an unsuccessful attempt was made by the Annapolis Heritage Society to intervene on behalf of the structure. The church itself was consecrated in 1814 making it one of the oldest surviving churches in Nova Scotia. This was also the parish church for Granville. The unofficial word is that the church is on its way to Louisiana where it will become a Baptist church. I can only imagine the reaction of Bishop Charles Inglis, the first Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia, were he to learn that of one of his churches was being sold off to the "New Lights".

I will try to make a couple of future posts on this topic to document the process of dismantling the church.

All for now,
RGS














10 comments:

  1. This great evil is the work of the Anglican hierarchy. The church deserves the extinction towards which it is rushing.

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  2. I guess that there is no mincing of words in the above comment.
    RGS

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  3. This is appalling. For the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia to abandon one of its oldest and most venerable churches, and for the province to stand by as this building disappears ...they all deserve to live in vinyl-siding and trailer parks. Shame!

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  4. What's worse is the HTNS is too busy fighting loosing battles over empty urban brown field sites to step up and provide a voice on the loss of a true heritage property.

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  5. WE WILL WELCOME AND CARE FOR YOUR CHURCH,
    SCOTT PICKENS
    ABITA SPRINGS

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  6. Hello. I am in NC, US. I have ancestors said to be buried at this church. Do you know what they've done with the graves?

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  7. The graves were not touched while the building was being moved. They will be in the same spot as they have always been.
    RGS

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  8. Thanks for your response. I've checked to see if I can find the cemetery on Find A Grave and do not see it. I'm going to try and add it along with the listings for my ancestors buried there. Would you be able to provide a physical address for the location? Granville Centre isn't an option on Find A Grave as the city the cemetery is located in.

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  9. Lewis,
    Please contact me directly at the O'Dell House Museum and we can move your request along. historic@@ns.aliantzinc.ca (only one @ symbol)
    RGS

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  10. What about the records that were kept there? My husband's 4 gr grandfather was married there in 1797.

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