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Orkney Church

Orkney RM 244, Saskatchewan, S3N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/04/13

View of Orkney Church from south-east featuring the stonework and front entryway 2005.; Government of Saskatchewan, Michael Thome, 2005.
Front and side elevation
View of Orkney Church from north-east featuring the cemetery, 2005.; Government of Saskatchewan, Michael Thome, 2005.
View of church and cemetery
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Other Name(s)

Orkney Church
Orkney United Church
Orkney Presbyterian Church

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1893/01/01 to 1894/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/08/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Orkney Church is a Municipal Heritage Property located approximately 7 kilometres northwest of Yorkton within the Rural Municipality of Orkney No. 244. Consisting of a 4160 square metre parcel, the property features a stone church constructed in 1893-94 and a cemetery.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of The Orkney Church resides in its connection with the district’s Scottish homesteaders who emigrated from the Orkney Islands. The early decision to build a church reflects the importance these settlers placed on their Presbyterian faith. Constructed adjacent to a fieldstone school between 1893 and 1894, this church became an important religious and community gathering place. Many of these pioneers are interred in the cemetery.

The heritage value of The Orkney Church also resides in its stonemasonry. Stonemasonry was a relatively inexpensive alternative to wood-frame construction in the North-West Territories during a time when lumber was often scarce and costly. The rectangular footprint and unadorned fieldstone walls make the church a good example of Scottish stonemasonry.

Source:

Rural Municipality of Orkney No. 244 Bylaw No. 174.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of The Orkney Church resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements reflecting the church’s stonemasonry, such as the use of fieldstones, the rectangular footprint, sharp corners and regular massing;
-those elements reflecting the church’s association with the homesteaders, such as its orientation and the cemetery headstones.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

1982/04/13

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Historic or Interpretive Site

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 329

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 329

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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