St George’s Anglican, Westmoreland

St George's, SavHISTORY OF ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, SAVANNA-LA-MAR

The ministry of the Anglican Church in Savanna-la-mar began in the 18th century when the first Church was erected along the sea-shore.  The earliest record dates back to 1739.  The first Church was destroyed in the hurricane and tidal wave of 08 Oct 1780, and for some years services were held in a temporary building.

In 1797 the foundation stone of the second Church was laid.  It was a wooden structure intended to be a temporary building, and was opened for divine services in 1799.  It however served the community for over 100 years before it fell into disrepair.

While excavation work for the present Church was taking place, the foundation stone of the original Church was discovered, and in it was laid a brass plate.

Foundation Brass Plate
The foundation stone was laid in a column at the western entrance of the Church, on St George’s Day 1903, where the brass plate is displayed, and the building was consecrated on St George’s Day 1904. St George's foundation stone 2
The present building is a stone structure with a clerestory of wood. It is 105ft 3 inches in length, 56ft in width, with an apse of 18ft. 6 inches x 23ft. The building was extensively damaged by Hurricane Ivan in Sept 2004, one hundred years after its consecration in 1904. Restoration of the Church commenced in April 2005 and was completed in Sept. 2006.
St George's, Sav 1
St George's, Sav 2

 

 

 

The current Priest is the Revd. Father Leroy JOHNSON, J.P.

[Thanks to the Church for the above information]

 

MURAL TABLETS

THE HON. JOSEPH STONE WILLIAMS – Died 06 Feb AD 1836 in his 58th year. Of Carawina Estate and Anglesea Pen; Custos Rotulorum of this parish, and, for many years, one of the Assistant Judges of the Cornwall Assize Court.

The REVD. THOMAS STEWART son of James Stewart Esq. of Rothesay in Bute and Elizabeth his wife. He died in his 54th year on the 19th May Anno Dom: 1820.

CHARLES LISTER CLARKE, who fell asleep 3rd Sept 1919 in his 48th year.

HELEN SMITH, who having fought the good fight of faith, entered into rest 12th Aug 1933 in her 47th year.

CLARKE, Henry REVD. HENRY CLARKE, Rector of this parish from 1872 to 1894.  Born at Mansfield Nottinghamshire, England 30th Apr 1828.  He came to this island in 1847 and was Island Curate of Trinity Church, Grange Hill from 1855 to 1872.  He represented this parish in the Legislative Council from 1894 to 1900 and died at Llandilo on 4th Aug 1907 aged 79. ALSO of JANE his wife [nee LISTER] born Lincolnshire England and died at Llandilo on 19th Jul 1904 aged 77.

CLARKE, Hugh W. E.

HUGH WILLIAM EDWARD CLARKE 1868 – 1946. Fifth son of the Revd. Henry Clarke. A Church Warden of this Church. Custos Rotulorum of this Parish from 1920 – 1938. Chairman of the Parochial Board for many years & Manager of the Westmoreland Building Society which he served for 64 years. AND of his wife IDA LEE 1872 – 1954. Eldest daughter of Samuel Halton MORRIS of Bluecastle, Westmoreland.

ERIC HUGH CLARKE 1899 – 1970. Only son of Hugh William Edward Clarke. Custos Rotulorum of Westmoreland 1950 – 1960. He served the Westmoreland Building Society for 52 years.

HENRY WILLIAM COPE 1882 – 1971. Rector of this Church for forty one years 1915 – 1956. Hon. Canon of the Cathedral 1933 and Emeritus 1943.

JAMES NUNES VAZ J.P. who entered into rest on 13 Oct 1969 age 78.

CHARLES HENDERSON DAVIS. Fellow of King’s College, London. Rector of Savanna-La-Mar from 1894 – 1915 and Archdeacon of the County of Cornwall from 1899. Entered into rest 10 Jan 1915 in his 70th year. During his Ministry, and mainly through his efforts this Church of which, he was a benefactor, was built in 1903-4.

WILLIAM ARTHUR STIRLING VICKERS 26 Mar 1864 – 29 Jun 1931. Custos Rotulorum of this Parish and later of the Parish of St Andrew. ALSO of FLORENCE BEATRICE, his wife. He was a benefactor of this Church.

DANIEL ORNAN HAASE who served this Church for over thirty-five years. Departed this life 14 Nov 1973.

CHARLES MAIES BRAINE, of this Parish, Esq., eldest son of George Braine, Esq., of the County of Gloucester, in England. Departed this life on the 07 Jan 1860 aged 67 years. ALSO of HANNAH TAYLOR, wife of Charles Maies Braine, who departed this life on 20 Apr 1854 aged 54 years.

ETHEL MAUD BLYTHE. Devoted Member and Sunday School Teacher.

MASTER JAMES STEWART eldest son of James Stewart Esq., of Savanna-La-Mar. Departed this life 18 Dec 1830 aged 6 years 8 months and 25 days.

IN THE CHURCHYARD

WILLIAM NEILSON FARQUHARSON, BORN 05 Sept 1824; DIED 19 JUL 1904.

JOSEPH SWABY SEGRE, Lay Reader & Church Warden. Died Apr 1907 age 76.

EDWARD JOHN SADLER, BORN 15 NOV 1825; DIED 24 SEPT 1905.

REVD. CANON HENRY WILLIAM COPE, BORN 07 SEPT 1882; DIED 05 SEPT 1971.

C. HENDERSON DAVIS, Archdeacon of Cornwall. Rector of Savanna-La-Mar 1894 – 1915. Departed this life 10 Jan 1915 in his 70th year.

HON. GEORGE MURRAY, departed this life 14 Apr 1804, aged 75 years, 56 of which he resided in this parish.

MURRAY, George - tombstone

EDWARD JOHN SADLER, BORN 15 NOV 1825; DIED 24 SEPT 1905.

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2 Responses to St George’s Anglican, Westmoreland

  1. Wonderful history of this church that has impressed me since a boy attending evensong there with my grand aunt; grandmother and nurse

  2. Sally Hallinan Jones says:

    We were married in this beautiful church in 1963 & our son Nick was christened there in 1964. I attended many services there with my Mum While growing up.

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