Presbyterian

  • The Albion Presbyterian congregation evolved from a nucleus of early settlers to Albion.  Many of these were Scots.1
  • They met at farms or in barns until 1856 when they built their first frame church and cemetery at the SW corner of what is now Healey Road and Coleraine Drive.2
  • The land was donated by James Goodfellow.  The church was often referred to locally as the Goodfellow Church
  • Their second church, a large Victorian Gothic style brick church with distinctive spire, was built in the Village of Bolton in 1875 by George Watson
  • The brick was produced locally at Norton’s brickyard
  • The inaugural service at Caven Presbyterian Church was conducted by Rev. Caven, Principal of Knox College at the University of Toronto, after whom the church was named
  • The church manse was built by George Watson around 1885 at which time the church minister was located to Bolton

And the buildings?

  • The original frame church was moved across the road (Coleraine Drive) where it later became the home of Howard Codlin and his family.  It has since been dismantled   
  • The cemetery is in its original location.  Some original burials have been relocated to Laurel Hill Cemetery.  The Dick Masonic stone was relocated to Laurel Hill Cemetery
  • Both the brick church and manse still stand on King Street West and are local landmarks

  1. The Jubilee Souvenir of Caven Church Bolton, documented by members of the Congregation, 1925
  2. Lot 5, Concession 5, ALBION