Since 1835, the Cathedral has been a centre of Christian prayer and worship, learning, music, and the arts. It has also been a place of civic celebration and mourning in Hamilton, Ontario. The parish of Christ Church was established with the efforts of the Bishop Steward of Quebec (1775-1837) and the young priest John Gamble Geddes (1811-1891) when the town population was only 1,500.
Christ's Church Cathedral is significant for its association with the development of the Anglican community in the region, and was built on the original site of the first Anglican church in Hamilton. The building is situated at 252 James Street North, and is a significant example of an English Decorated Gothic church. The sandstone building exposed on the exterior as dressed ashlar with stepped buttresses dividing the walls into bays on the north, south and west sides was designed by architects William Thomas (1799-1860) and Henry Langley (1836-1907), and was constructed in stages from 1852 to 1873. The building was consecrated as cathedral in 1876.
The exterior of the building and select elements of the interior, as well as the scenic character of the property, are protected by an Ontario Heritage Trust conservation easement. The property is also designated by the City of Hamilton under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law No. 86-313).
The Cathedral is home of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara and since 1876 is the seat of the Bishop of Niagara. We acknowledge that we gather on the lands occupied by the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe nations at the time of the creation of the "Dish With One Spoon" wampum agreement. We honour and respect these nations and commit ourselves to walk together gently upon this land.
Our community is committed, with strong lay ministries in both liturgy and daily action. Being a place of community, compassion and hope takes inclusion and participation from all, including those from communities that have been marginalized by society. Jesus’ ministry to those deemed outcasts and sinners by the religious authorities of his time is foundational to our ministry to and with those of diverse socio-economic circumstances. We welcome many who have suffered the disdain or rejection of other churches.
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Based on information from Alexander Darling and other sources; compiled by Daniela Cruz.