1858 engraving of Victoria

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Esquimalt's St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church - Esquimalt Harbour
"Esquimalt Church and Royal Roads, B.C." from Picturesque Victoria, B.C., Vancouver Island, published by T.N. Hibben & Co. ca. 1900. (Author collection)

St. Paul's Church, Esquimalt, pictured here in its original location at the foot of Signal Hill, was built in 1866 but Anglican services were held before that in the little 1858 school building that once stood on the property. Even earlier Anglican services were conducted by Royal Navy chaplains aboard their ships for naval personnel and the growing population around Fort Victoria.

Known later as St. Paul's Naval and Garrison Church, the building was dismantled and moved up the hill to its present location, partly to escape from damaging reverberations of naval gunnery practice in the straits.

St. Paul's Church 2006
St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church Then


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