Geographic location: Lot 8, Conc. 6 Stanhope
Current address: 2072 Buckslide Rd
Date range: 1901 to present
Interesting facts: Built in 1901 on land donated by Thomas Godwin, it is his last resting place as well as the burial ground of many pioneer folk and their families, including Caleb Davis and William Welch, both of whom claimed land at Boshkung in 1860 at the same time as Thomas Mason. Services are no longer held here, and the building is owned by the Friends of St. Stephen's, a local not-for-profit organization. This photo is from just after the building was completed.
St. Stephen's church was not built by John Biiling despite its resemblance to Billing's style. In fact, the work was begun by a keen building committee (consisting mainly of Hewitts) while Billing was working on another project. When he arrived at the site the footings were already in place and Billing refused to continue with someone else's work. He told the committee to tear it down or get another mason and when the committee refused, Billing went home. Source: Stanhope 125th Anniversary 1866-1991, supplement to The Times, Minden, 1991 (written by Carol Moffatt).
Public access: No
Current use: Unused
Information source: Stanhope Heritage Driving Tour brochure / Stanhope Museum collection
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