1874 – Construction Began

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Construction on the Hampton United Church started on May 7, 1874, when the Honourable Senator John Simpson laid the first cornerstone.

The property once was the site of a hotel, but that building was relocated across the street and moved North and exists today as a house.

Hampton United Church is the largest and best preserved of the village churches in Darlington Township. Its location at the central intersection in Hampton gives the church a prominence which makes it the architectural focal point of the village. Surrounded by mature trees and an iron fence, the church has a particularly fine setting which enhances its simple Gothic Revival Design. The Church retains its original Gothic glazing pattern and much of its original detailing, although the spire which once completed the tower has been removed, then rebuild years later.

HISTORICAL COMMENTS

The cornerstone for the church was laid in May 1874 and the building was dedicated about a year later. The community celebrated the opening of the Church in February 1985 with morning, afternoon and evening services, as well as a dinner that cost a total of 75 cents per person! Built as a Bible Christian Church, it became a Methodist Church in 1884 and a United Church in 1925. The bell in Hampton United Church was purchased from St. John’s Anglican Church in Bowmanville. NOTE: All upper windows were replaced in Fall 2003. Continue reading “1874 – Construction Began”