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A Short History of Christ Church Holland Landing 
 

One of the oldest churches in Holland Landing is Christ Church (Anglican) located at Peter and School Streets.  The church building is situated on top of a hill, surrounded on three sides by a cemetery, and it commands a magnificent view of Holland Landing.  Although the parish of Holland Landing dates to 1840, the church building itself was erected in 1843 on a half acre of land donated by Chief Justice John Robinson.  The building was designed by John G. Howard, well known as a leading architect, engineer and surveyor.  Howard designed a simple, gothic pointed church.  The church was built of red brick with English bond.  Tom Bacon was the original contractor and the church was built at a cost of six hundred English pounds.  The bricks were made at a brick yard on Elerby Street in Holland landing. 

The cornerstone of the church was laid on Friday, August 4, 1843 by The Right Reverend John Strachan, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Toronto.  

 

The church is a single story with a five bay, front facade.  The wall design includes an entablature, decorative parapet, decorative brick and date stone over the front pointed double doors.  The date stone was recently removed and inscribed on the back were the words:  "J.G. Howard Architect".  The chancel is of a different coloured brick and was added in 1880.  The three story tower at the front of the building has stained glass lancet windows.  All of the church windows have coloured diamond glass.  The windows have labels on the outer trim.  The church in general has weathered very well the last one hundred and sixty-eight years.  Major changes have included the addition of a basement, addition of a side entrance, the removal of two chimneys at the back of the church near the sanctuary, the addition of a chimney on the north side, and the rebuilding of the top of the tower. 

 

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