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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Copley Anglican Church and Cemetery (Municipality of Two Borders)

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 F. 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 S. P. 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. Still intact in 1967, only remnants of the original walls were present at the time of a 2011 site visit.

Boissevain School

Copley Anglican Church (circa 1892)
Source: Phil Rippin

Boissevain School

Copley Anglican Church, erected in 1892 (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Lyleton District.

Boissevain School

Interior of Copley Anglican Church (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Lyleton District.

Copley Anglican Church

Remains of the former St. George’s Anglican Church (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Copley Anglican Church

St. George’s Anglican Cemetery (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.03012, W101.25183
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Goddard Frederick Gale (1858-1938)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

Harvests of Time: History of the R.M. of Edward by Edward History Book Committee, 1983, pages 146-148.

We thank Phil Rippin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 December 2015

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