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Trinity Anglican Church

Queen Street, Digby, Nova Scotia, B0V, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1994/05/24

Front elevation, Trinity Anglican Church, Digby, Nova Scotia, 2004.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004.
Front elevation
Stained glass rose window, Trinity Anglican Church, Digby, Nova Scotia, 2004.

; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004.
Stained glass rose window
East elevation and cemetery, the church hall is located on the far right, Trinity Anglican Church, Digby, Nova Scotia, 2004.
; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004.
East elevation and cemetery

Other Name(s)

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Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1878/01/01 to 1878/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Trinity Anglican Church is located on a hillside on the corner of Mount and Queen Streets in Digby, Nova Scotia, overlooking the waterfront area of the town. This wooden Gothic Revival style church was built in 1878. The church, church hall, cemetery and property are included in the provincial designation.

Heritage Value

Trinity Anglican Church is valued for its association with the Loyalist settlement of Digby County and because it is considered to be a significant example of the Gothic Revival style church designed by Stephen Earle.

Digby was one of the major settlement areas for Loyalists. The parish of Digby was created on Michaelmas Day- September 29, 1785. The first rector was a Connecticut Loyalist, the Reverend Roger Viets. Bishop Charles Inglis laid the cornerstone for the first Trinity on July 30, 1788.

By the early 1870s, the church was becoming too small to meet the needs of a growing parish. During 1877 and 1878, the parish made plans for a new structure. On July 3, 1878, the cornerstone was laid for the second Trinity Church. The architect was Stephen Earle and the builder was M.L. Oliver of Digby. Bishop Hibbert Binney consecrated the new church on October 13, 1880.

Built in the Gothic Revival style, Trinity Church is considered a significant work of Stephen Earle (1839-1913), a notable late nineteenth century American architect. Although much of Earle's work was executed in the Romanesque Revival style, he designed over forty churches, providing ample opportunity to also explore the Gothic Revival style.

In the exterior of the Trinity Church, the basic building parts are clearly expressed, and include the nave, side aisles, narthex, chancel and spire, though this element is atypically located. Gothic building elements included in the Trinity design include pointed arch window openings and clerestory windows in the nave. A Gothic atmosphere is reinforced by the stained glass of the rose window, with the Star of David incorporated into the frame pattern, the work of Alexander Gibbs, a London artist working in Bloomsbury.

The second building on the property, the church hall, was built in 1904. George A. Pratt prepared plans for this structure and the builder was Ralph M. Oliver of Digby.

Trinity Anglican Church holds regular services.

Source: Provincial Heritage Program property files, no. 185, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of Trinity Anglican Church include:

- wood frame structure;
- board and batten cladding along the base of the exterior;
- horizontal belt courses;
- Stick style detailing on the entrance way;
- nave, side aisles, narthex, chancel and spire, though this element is atypically located;
- pointed arch window openings;
- clerestory windows in the nave;
- stained glass rose window, with the Star of David incorporated into the frame pattern;
- wood frame church hall;
- cemetery surrounding the church, with original grave markers.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Province of Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Provincially Registered Property

Recognition Date

1994/05/24

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1904/01/01 to 1904/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Philosophy and Spirituality

Function - Category and Type

Current

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

Architect / Designer

Stephen Earle

Builder

M.L. Oliver

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Provincial Heritage Program files, no. 185, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

00PNS0185

Status

Published

Related Places

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