Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
The First Methodist Church
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2008
Plaque coordinates: 43.648769 -79.378828
In summer of 1818 the first Wesleyan Methodist Church was erected in York at the corner of King Street on the south side, and what was later known as Jordan Street. Reverend David Culp was the first minister appointed. The Chapel was a low, frame structure, 4 metres square; later it was enlarged to 12 metres by 18 metres. Its builder was Mr. Petch. The building had a double doorway towards King Street. There was a window on each side of the entrance and three windows on each side of the building. A high, square pulpit and simple wooden benches furnished the interior. The entire cost was about $250.00, which took the congregation three years to raise. In the first Methodist church it was custom to separate men from women, to the right and left side of the building. This chapel continued in use as a place of worship for 15 years. In 1833 it was converted for a time into the "Theatre Royal".
Photo and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted May, 2009
From contributor Larry Lalonde - Posted April, 2013
The first Methodist Church in Toronto was built upon this site in A.D.1818.
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