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St. Paul's Anglican Church

123 Main Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/06/12

St. Paul's Anglican Church - Post card dated 1907 showing an old photograph of church ; Town of Sackville
St. Paul's Anglican Church
St. Paul's Anglican Church - Front Facade - Church property on Main Street; Town of Sackville
St. Paul's Anglican Church
St. Paul's Anglican Church - Original Entry Door - Main Entrance from 1856 construction ; Town of Sackville
St. Paul's Anglican Church

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is located on the edge of the marshes in Sackville just across the street from Mount Allison University. The Gothic tower of the little brown wooden church rises above the town and above the well-proportioned nave and chancel.

Heritage Value

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its association with Bishop John Medley.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is significant in Sackville for its distinctive Gothic Revival style architecture. It was built in 1856 as Sackville was fast becoming the centre of activity in the parish. It was opened in October 1857 and consecrated in October 1858 by Bishop John Medley. It was the first church, after Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, to be built according to plans submitted by Bishop Medley.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is associated with over one hundred churches that Bishop Medley had been involved with either in construction or renovation. His interest in Gothic Revival architecture, recreating a medieval stone building in New Brunswick wood and his desire to see the church maintain a visible presence in the midst of an evolving society are well seen in the building and its location.

Source: Town of Sackville, Historic Places File Cabinet, St. Paul's Anglican Church File

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe St. Paul’s Anglican Church include:
- church building in three parts: a tower, a distinctive nave and a chancel on the eastern end;
- Gothic arch on south entry porch, heavy moulded trim and prominent finial that define the porch entrance;
- heavy moulding defining the small stain glass windows on sides of building with a pointed vertical appearance but with delicate muntins;
- Gothic arch louvered vents in the roof section of the tower;
- large window opening, with heavy moulded Gothic arch on eastern end of chancel, includes stained glass windows in three sections with distinctive arched tops;
- prominent buttresses defining each section of church, the tower, the nave, the chancel and the entry porch;
- shingled siding with horizontal trim below windows on main church and on the tower in two places thus breaking the verticality of the structure;
- church painted with an earthy brown tone since 1856.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1857/01/01 to 1857/01/01
1858/01/01 to 1858/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

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

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

Bishop John Medley



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Sackville, Historic Place File Cabinet, St. Paul's Anglican Church

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