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St. George's Anglican Church

Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2004/05/02

Exterior photo of south and west facades of St. George's Church in Brigus, NL.; Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2004
St. George's Anglican Church, Brigus, Newfoundland
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Construction Date(s)

1876/01/01 to 1877/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

St. George’s Anglican Church is a Gothic Revival church constructed in 1876-1877 under the episcopacy of Bishop Edward Feild by local builder George C. Jerrett. St. George’s Church is located on a hill overlooking the Town of Brigus. The designation includes the building and the surrounding grounds including two cemeteries bound by the stone retaining wall.

Heritage Value

St. George’s Anglican Church has been designated as a Registered Heritage Structure due to its aesthetic value, historic associations, environmental and cultural values.

Aesthetic Value:

St. George’s Anglican Church is an excellent example of the introduction of the Gothic Revival style of architecture in Newfoundland. St. George’s Church is associated with local builder George C. Jerrett. An example of a “high” Anglican church, the elaborate design of the church was not typical in Newfoundland during the Victorian Period. This church is one of the few-remaining examples of a large outport church built in the era of great Newfoundland Anglicanism.

The nave and transept layout of the church is in contrast to many of the more simple churches built in Newfoundland during this period. The features of this church are largely original including the gothic stained glass windows, dry stone foundation and timber framing that are representative of the quality of craftsmanship during this period.

Historic Value:

St. George’s Anglican Church has been the centre of the Anglican community in Brigus since its erection in 1876. The church was constructed on the site of a previous Anglican church and the cornerstone of the original church is incorporated into the current church. St. George’s Anglican Church is historically valuable due to its associations with Bishop Edward Feild. Bishop Feild had an important influence on religious, political and educational life of Newfoundland during his episcopacy. The introduction of the Gothic Revival style was the architectural expression of Bishop Feild’s Tractarian views. St. George’s Church is representative of one of a number of High Anglican churched commissioned by Bishop Feild.

Environmental Value:

The grounds of the church include two 19th century graveyards that predate the existing church and which are delimited by a stone retaining wall and cast iron gate. These graveyards are valuable due to their association with the people who built both the church and the community of Brigus.

Cultural Value:

St. George’s Church is a defining point on the Brigus landscape. Situated on a hill, the Church is visible from both land and sea.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador unnumbered Property File: Brigus-St. George’s Anglican Church.

Character-Defining Elements

All features of a High Anglican church which are representative of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, including:
- interior and exterior elements such as stained glass windows, clerestory windows, etc.
- wood construction and interior open timber framing;
- original interior woodwork on pews, pulpit and choir seats;
- original stone foundation and cornerstone;
- the style and layout of the interior of the church including the rounded apse behind the altar at the east end of the church; and
- general height, massing and dimensions of the building.

All those features of the surrounding grounds which speak to the environmental and landmark value of the historic place, including:
- free standing bell tower;
- stone retaining wall and original cast iron gate;
- intact 19th century graveyards on North and South sides of the church;
- the location, visibility and context of the church within the Town of Brigus; and
- the site's continued use as a meeting place for the community.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute

Historic Resources Act

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Registered Heritage Structure

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer



George C. Jerrett

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, St. John's, A1C 5V5

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