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Old Saint-Jacques Church Bell Monument

6, rue de l'École, Saint-Jacques, Edmundston, New Brunswick, E7B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/01/30

The inscription “Caroline” is clearly visible on the monument. Caroline Guimond was the bell's sponsor.; Town of Edmunston
Inscriptions on the bell and monument.
Old Saint-Jacques Church Bell Monument.; Town of Edmunston
Old Saint-Jacques Church Bell Monument
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/20

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Old Saint-Jacques Church Bell Monument contains the original bell cast in 1893 which was used in the original Saint-Jacques church to summon parisheners to church service. The monument was built in 1992 to commemorate the original church when the new Saint-Jacques church was built. The monument is located at the corner of Principal Street and École Street

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Old Saint-Jacques Church Bell Monument as a Local Historic Place resides in the fact that this monument houses the first church bell used to summon local parishioners to the various religious services. The monument commemorates the first Saint-Jacques Church, in which the bell originally rang.

The heritage value of the Old Saint-Jacques Church Bell Monument also lies in its association with the bell's manufacturer. The bell was made by the McShane Bell Foundry in Maryland, U.S.A., the only bell foundry still operating in the United States today. The bell was cast in 1893, and from that year on, it graced the steeple of the first Saint-Jacques parish church, built in 1861. Bells made by the same company are found in several churches around New Brunswick, including Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John, St. James and St. John United Church in Miramichi, and Trinity Anglican Church in Saint John.

Source: Société Historique du Madawaska - site file: Old Saint-Jacques church bell monument

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the old Saint-Jacques church bell monument include the following:
- current location at the corner of Principale and De l’École streets;
- the brick monument and the bronze bell it houses forming a single entity;
- various inscriptions on the brick the monument, including:
- inscription identifying the donor and "godmother" of the bell, Mme Maxime Guimond;
- inscription identifying the name of the bell as "Caroline", which is also the name of Mme Guimond's daughter;
- inscription of the date 1893, the year the bell was christened;
- inscription on the bell identifying the foundry, the year it was produced, where and when it was installed and bearing the foundry's mark.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

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Local Register

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Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1893/01/01 to 1893/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

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Commemorative Monument


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer



McShane Bell Foundry

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Centre de documentation et d'études madawaskayennes

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