Thursday, January 10, 2008

Stained Glass Window, St. James' Cathedral

York's first church was built on this site on King Street in 1803-07.
That frame building was enlarged in 1818-19 and replaced by a larger one in 1831.
The first incumbent was the Rev. George Okill Stuart, who served from 1800 to 1812 when he was succeeded by the Rev. John Strachan, later the first bishop of Toronto.
The second church burned in 1839.
Toronto's first cathedral was then erected on the site but was destroyed in the great fire of 1849.
The present cathedral was begun in 1850, opened for divine service in 1853 and was completed in 1874. (Historical Plaque on the front lawn)

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