St. Pancras Alix

In Alix, Alberta on August 15, 2017 at 7:11 AM

The Name …St. Pancras   Where did St. Pancras get its name”

In 1960, the Lamerton Parish of the Anglican Church celebrated its 50th anniversary and published Parish Paths, with W.R. Newsom Editor and Publisher.  Most of the writing was done by Mrs. Beatrice Parlby.

Excerpt from “The Name …St. Pancras”” in Parish Paths.

Where did St. Pancras get its name?

Quite an unusual one in Canada but not so across the Atlantic….

The little church in Alix in 1910 was the immediate namesake of the family church of the two Parlby brothers, Walter and Edward….

In 1910 the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway wound its bumpy way from Calgary to Edmonton.  One station was built half a mile from the C.P.R. station at Alix, and a round house at the new town of Mirror….

The population increased rapidly …. Rev. L.O. Mott, Rector of St. Monica’s [Mirror], held services in the Imperial Hotel at Alix, but the need and desire for a church in the hamlet grew.

Donations of labor and money were given freely.  An energetic building committee was formed with John

Palmer as Secretary.  G.H. Darlow had much to do with the designing of the structure…. The actual

Dedication was not until September 24, 1911.

The most descriptive and authentic information comes from the letters of Oswin Creighton, the first resident rector…. In one of the letters to his mother, Oswin Creighton says his proposed stipend of $1000.00 per year seems to him to be “tremendous wealth.”  [L]etters… describe the progress in the construction of “the shack”.  From then on Mr. Creighton’s letters are headed, “The Rectory”. (More latterly this little building 22 X 12 ft. was the home of Mr. Kent and in the last few years was used as a Sunday School room.”

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