200-year milestone for St. George’s Cathedral

By Demion McTair. Updated 8:27 a.m., Sunday, September 6, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

The entrance to the St. George’s Cathedral (Kingstown Anglican Church) on Grenville Street. Photo: One News SVG

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Anglicans are using today, September 6, 2020, to mark the 200th anniversary since the St. George’s Cathedral was consecrated here in the Archdeaconry of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Members of the church’s 200th Anniversary Celebrations Committee say that records show the consecration of the Anglican cathedral took place on September 6, 1820.

The Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of the Windward Islands, which is part of the Province of the West Indies, committee members say.

The church’s building is one of the oldest in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Connected to the church is the Bishop’s College Kingstown.

The church is hosting activities to celebrate the milestone.

History of St. George’s Cathedral

The St. George’s Cathedral was built on the site of an earlier Anglican Church which was destroyed by a hurricane in 1780. The new church was built at a cost of £47,000. Five thousand of this amount was a contribution given by the Government from the money realised from the sale of the Carib Lands, the Church’s website states.

This Georgian Church was built with a cupola which covered the steeple. This was blown off during the 1898 hurricane. The nave, the lower stages of the tower, and the galleried interior are of the same architecture. The two transepts added during the periods 1880-1887 are examples of Victorian architecture, the website states.

The Cathedral, the largest church in St.Vincent, has a chandelier made of guilded wood. It was said that the chandelier was a gift from King George I. If this is so, it must have survived the 1780 hurricane. There is yet another story that the chandelier was made in Europe for a church in South America. While being transported there, the ship was wrecked. The chandelier was however salvaged and ended up in St.George’s Cathedral. Archbishop G.C.M. Woodroffe said that it was given to the church by King William I, the church’s website further states.

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