22. Trinity, Anglican
115 rue Charlotte Street, Saint John (1880)
In 1783 the United Empire Loyalist arrived at the colonial trading post of St. John Harbour. This congregation, the first in Saint John, was established soon after the Loyalist arrived. They started to build their church in 1788. It was completed for services on Christmas Day 1791 and consecrated the next year.
This large wooden structure was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1877. The parishioners were able to save the ‘Communion Silver’, a gift of King George III; it is still in use today. Another important relic that was saved at that time was the Historic Coat of Arms, now mounted over the great west door. Removed from Boston to prevent it from falling into Rebel hands, it was brought to Saint John by the Loyalist Edward Winslow.
The present stone church, built in the English Gothic style, was erected on the same site as the original and was consecrated by Bishop John Medley of Fredericton 1880.
The magnificent East Window is said to be 500 years old. Safely packed in molasses barrels, it was brought across the ocean from Europe. The Rood Screen, that was hand carved in Quebec, along with many other elaborate memorial gifts are to be found in this historic church.
TOURS: July and August, Monday through Friday – 9a.m. to 5 p.m.