Monday, July 9, 2018

Church Of St. Bartholomew

The Church of St. Bartholomew is an Anglican church in the New Edinburgh area. I have photographed it from the outside before, but never inside. I got a chance during Doors Open when I came by. Founded at the dawn of Confederation with the church itself erected by 1868, St. Bart's has a long association with Rideau Hall, which lies across the street. As the first Governor Generals were all British, all Church of England, this church made a fitting place of worship for those dignitaries during their tenure. It has retained that tie to the Governor General over time, also serving as a place of worship when members of the Royal Family are here, and as the regimental chapel for the Governor General's Foot Guards.

Coming inside, there were banners about the community history. Small stained glass windows also caught my eye.

A plaque of congregation members who served in the First World War is present inside. There are other plaques adorning the walls of the sanctuary, as well as crests of the governor-generals down through time, lining the ceiling. Stained glass windows pay tribute to parishioners.

Here we have a view looking towards the front of the church.

While here we look towards the back of the church, with the organ. An organist was busy playing while I was in here chatting with various people- among the melodies being played was a selection from Elgar's Enigma Variations. Hearing it reminded me of the fact that the film composer Hans Zimmer incorporated that particular melody into his score for the film Dunkirk last year.

The pulpit area features a formidable looking lectern. It is a memorial to three of the parishioners who died in the Boer War.

The stained glass window here is a marvel to see. I have more from here in tomorrow's post, which will close out the Doors Open series.


  1. The stained glass windows are lovely, and the first pair have a contemporary feel about them.
    On an Antique Roadshow programme a couple of weeks ago, a lady turned up with the actual score, hand written with scribbled notes, all in Elgar's hand, of the Enigma Variations. It was worth £80,000 - £100,000.

  2. That main stained glass window is fabulous. I like the interior with the dark wooden ceiling.

  3. Very special architecture for a church !!

  4. Very nice blog and so wonderful pictures !!!

  5. So good to get indoors. The windows are so bold and colourful.


  6. Hi William, what beautiful stained windows. And what a magnificent pipe organ. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Have a great day. Jo

  7. gorgeous stain glass or the flag. nice!! enjoy your week. ( ;

  8. That's a beautiful building, I wouldn't recognize it as a church at a glance.
    The two stained glass windows in the middle of this post are wonderful, they look quite modern with the straight lines.

  9. @Rosemary: they are!

    @Sami: another look at that one tomorrow.

    @Gattina: indeed.

    @Art Traveler: thanks!

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Janis: it's quite a church.

    @Jo: you're welcome.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Tom: definitely!

    @Jan: it's quite the church.

  10. The beautiful stained glass window is a wonder! I have enjoyed most of this series very much. :-)

  11. The first teo stained glass windows have a modern look. Love them.

  12. I'm surprised that this church is fairly small compared to some of the other monsters. A long history leaves many stories about the church and its people.

  13. I like those stained glass windows in the 5th and 6th shots.

  14. The stained glass windows are so gorgeous! I like the crests, too.

  15. It's a sweet church William, the windows are a treat to see, beautifully shown here ✨

  16. I like those 2 small stained glass windows!

  17. I loved the music for Dunkirk. It's a lovely church, William.

  18. @DJan: thank you!

    @Marie: I'll have to double check the information I have about the stained glass, but I get the impression that those two entryway stained glass windows are if not the newest, than among the most recent of the windows.

    @Red: yes, some churches here tend to be bigger, but I think the size of this one fits the neighbourhood quite well.

    @Sharon: I thought they would be well received.

    @Tamago: so do I.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @RedPat: as did I.

    @Bill: that it is.

    @Jeanie: I wonder what Elgar would have thought of how Zimmer adapted that particular melody.

  19. Lots of pretty things in there, especially the windows.

  20. Another wonderful series of church photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. The outside looks like a beautiful house.

  22. Lovely church with a congregation of distinction. That's quite an organ. And I agree with you about that lectern: formidable.

  23. Lovely to see all of your photographs.
    The stained glass windows are lovely.

    All the best Jan

  24. @Janey: definitely.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Nancy: I can see that.

    @Kay: it is!

    @Dora: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it is indeed.

    @Klara: quite so, yes.

    @Jan: thank you.