“The Auld Kirk”

The Victoria Standard - - Culture/Heritage - JOAN MACINNES

The Pres­by­te­rian con­gre­ga­tion has a long history in Bad­deck that dates back one hun­dred and seventy-six years ago when the vil­lage was just in its in­fancy.

In 1841, the first Pres­by­te­rian church was erected east of the vil­lage of Bad­deck on the Bay Road. It bore the name Knox, but was lo­cally re­ferred to as the Auld Kirk. By 1857, the orig­i­nal place of wor­ship had been re­placed by a much larger build­ing and on the same site – it also was called Knox.

Ap­prox­i­mately thirty years later, a third church was built by the Pres­by­te­rian con­gre­ga­tion, but not at the Bay Road lo­ca­tion. The new and even big­ger ed­i­fice was con­structed in the vil­lage in 1886, and was given the name Green­wood. It is ex­tant, now known as Green­wood United, and is lo­cated on the cor­ner of Grant and Twin­ing Streets.

A fourth Pres­by­te­rian church came about as a re­sult of the out­come of a church union vote in 1925. It was built by the con­gre­ga­tion in 1926, and in hon­our of the first two churches, is also named Knox. It is si­t­u­ated one block away from Green­wood United on Grant Street.

This pho­to­graph is of the sec­ond church on the Bay Road. It was taken on the east­ern side of the build­ing with the grave­yard in the fore­ground sur­rounded by a wooden fence. The church was neo-clas­si­cal in de­sign with a square tower on the front gable end that was topped by a bell tower with a slen­der spire. Although the church is long gone, the Knox Ceme­tery is still well-main­tained. This ceme­tery is the fi­nal rest­ing place of many of Bad­deck’s ear­li­est res­i­dents.

The 2nd Knox Pres­by­te­rian Church in Bad­deck, lo­cated along Bay Road. Photo contributed by Don­ald Pare.

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