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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Peter Dynevor, Old Stone Church and Cemetery (RM of St. Clements)

This church was built in 1853 under the personal direction of Archdeacon William Cockran. The foundation stone was laid on 23 May by Bishop David Anderson, who gave the church its name. It replaced an earlier one built in 1836 a little to the south of the new site. Stone was quarried from the bank of the Red River for the foundation and walls. The final dimensions measured 70 feet long by 40 feet wide. The church served the Aboriginal settlement of the same name established here in 1834, the first attempt at an Aboriginal agricultural community in Western Canada. It was the home church for Chief Peguis, friend and benefactor to the Selkirk Settlers.

During the restoration of the church in 2002-2003, archaeological work in the ground below the floorboards revealed aboriginal artifacts dating back many centuries. In 1963, the St. Peter Dynevor “Old Stone Church” was designated a Provincial Historic Site by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba. Commemorative plaques are located next to the front entrance to the church building.

Located primarily to the south and east of the church, the cemetery contains the remains of many families from small children to Chief Peguis.

St. Peter Dynevor (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

St. Peter Dynevor Plaque (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

St. Peter Dynevor Plaque (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

St. Peter Dynevor Plaque (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.18250, W96.83987
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Peter Dynevor Anglican Rectory (RM of St. Andrews)

Early Red River Homes by Lillian Gibbons
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1945-46 Season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites


St. Peter Dynevor Anglican Church, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Information for this page was collected by Tim Worth and prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 August 2012

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