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All Saints Anglican Church Registered Heritage Structure

English Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/05/07

Exterior photo of All Saints Anglican Church and Cemetery, English Harbour, NL; HFNL / Andrea O'Brien 2005
All Saints Anglican Church and Cemetery
Exterior photo of All Saints Anglican Church and Cemetery, broad view showing general area, English Harbour, NL.  Taken October 2005.; HFNL/ Andrea O'Brien 2005
All Saints Anglican Church, English Hr.
View of Monument to the victims of the 1892 Trinity Sealing Disaster, located within the cemetery of the All Saint's Anglican Church, English Harbour, NL.; HFNL 2005.
All Saints Anglican Church Monument, English Hr.

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Construction Date(s)

1888/01/01 to 1889/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/10/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The All Saints Anglican Church is a wooden Gothic revival church located on a hill in English Harbour, Trinity Bay. The designation encompasses the church and cemetery.

Heritage Value

The All Saints Anglican Church was designated a Registered Heritage Structure because it has historical, aesthetic and environmental values.

The All Saints Anglican Church’s historical values lie in its age. Built between 1888 and 1889 this church was consecrated in 1900. It replaced an earlier church which was built on the same site in 1832, but burned in the late 1800s. This parish served the community for 172 years, however in August, 2004 the All Saints Anglican Church was deconsecrated.

The adjoining cemetery is also historically significant for it holds the remains of the victims of the Trinity Bay Disaster of 1892. On February 27, 1892 a sudden and fierce storm caught numerous fishers off guard while they were hunting seals that had floated into the bay on loose ice. Many men had dressed rather lightly because the weather was unusually warm for that time of year. A rising gale soon turned into a squall which made it impossible for the fishers to get back to shore. In the hours that followed the men in their boats desperately tried to make it back to shore, all the while a freezing spray covered them with ice. Rescue operations were undertaken at all nearby communities, and while many were saved, several others perished. The community of English Harbour buried their victims in the All Saints Anglican Church cemetery and a monument has been put there in remembrance of them.

The All Saints Anglican Church has aesthetic value because it is a good example of Gothic Revival construction. Constructed in wood, this church follows a simple basilica plan and has a steeply pitched red roof. Above the main entrance, high in the gable is a round window known as the children’s window. Long, peaked three paned windows line both sides of the church and they are finished in a blue glass that shimmers when the sun shines on them. The church has a smaller peaked porch where the main entrance is, and at the rear is a peaked addition which holds the altar, and a tower with a spire. The apse features triple stepped lancet windows while the tower is square with a low spire. This is the only church remaining in the community.

The All Saints Anglican Church is environmentally valuable because it is located on an open space high in the community facing the harbour. The church has always been used as a navigational aid for mariners, the red roof being highly visible from the water.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file "English Harbour – All Saints Anglican Church."

Character-Defining Elements

All those elements that define the Gothic Revival style of architecture, including:
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-round window in gable;
-wooden construction;
-peaked windows;
-blue glass, other stained glass;
-tower and spire;
-window and door openings; and
-orientation, dimensions, and massing.

All those elements of the associated cemetery, including:
-resting ground of victims of the 1892 Trinity Sealing Disaster and the monument which is a memorial to the victims; and
-proximity its associated church.

All those elements that relate to the location of the church, including:
-location on a hill overlooking the ocean;
-prominently situated and visible from the community; and
-usage as a mariners landmark.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute

Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador 1 Springdale Street P.O. Box 51711 St. John's , NL A1C 5V5

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