Copley Anglican Church - Historic Places Days

Copley Anglican Church

Municipality Of Two Borders, MB, Canada
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Photo: Desirée Rolfe

Geocache site brought to you by Turtle Mountain Souris Plains Heritage Association. Lat: N 49°01.805′ Long: W 101°15.114′. Description from Manitoba Historical Society website.

Known formally as St. George’s Anglican Church, local names for this abandoned fieldstone structure in the Municipality of Two Borders were Butterfield Church and Copley Church. Through the fundraising efforts of Goddard Frederick Gale, construction by local settler William Cornwallis Bate began in the autumn of 1890 and the church was ready for use by the spring of 1892. On 4 September 1892, it was consecrated by Bishop  Robert Machray, assisted by Canon Samuel Pritchard Matheson, Reverend Charles Wood, and Reverend Frank Mercer. The first burial in the associated cemetery occurred a month later.

As settlement in the surrounding area waned, church attendance diminished until the building was deconsecrated in June 1913. Church equipment was taken to a new building at Pierson while the organ and pictures were taken to Eunola School. Local lore indicates that, during the years of Prohibition, the isolated location of the building and its close proximity to the American and Saskatchewan borders made it attractive to bootleggers. Efforts were made in 1932 to protect the building from vandalism, by boarding the doors and windows. Since then, the elements have taken a toll. Only remnants of the original walls are present at this time.


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Municipality Of Two Borders, MB, Canada
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