This Day in Norwood History-October 2, 1910-Cornerstone Laid of Episcopal Methodist Church


Bishop Lawrence Officiates, Giving an Address.
English Half-Timbered Style to Be Used.

REV , Rector of Grace .

, Oct 2—The of church. Norwood, was laid this afternoon with services in charge of the rector, Rev Charles Hastings Brown.

About 3000 people gathered in the square at the corner of and Walpole sts to observe the ceremonies.

Among the clergy present were Rt. Rev William Lawrence, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; Rev Albert E. George of Wellesley, the founder and first rector of Grace Episcopal mission in Norwood; Rev William Grainger of Trinity church, : Rev Charles Jackson of St John’s Church, East , and Rev J. A. Thompson of Epiphany church, Walpole.

At 4:30, headed by the vested choir of Grace church, Mrs. G. A. Uphill leader, a procession of clergy marched from the residence of to the site of the church. The order of ceremonies was: -service. Rev Mr. Grainger; hymn; lesson, Rev Mr. Jackson; hymn; description of articles placed in a box in the cornerstone, Rev Mr. Brown; – laying of the corner stone, with address, Bishop Lawrence; address. Bishop Lawrence; address, Rev Albert E. George; closing, Bishop Lawrence; recessional by choir.

The articles in the box are a copy of the last town report, a list of taxable males in Norwood, a journal of a convention diocese of Massachusetts, copies of Irving church annual, Churchman, Church Militant and , portraits of the past rector, present rector and other clergy, pictures of town’s autographs of many people interested and histories of the parish.

King’s Daughters and Woman’s .

When the church edifice is done it will be in the English half-timbered style, with wooden battens, plastered panels, and stone underpinning. The auditorium will seat 300 and there will be a spacious chancel for the choir, sanctuary, and space for the organ. Adjoining will be a robing room for the rector and a small sacristy for the altar hangings. Beneath will be the room, choir room, and heating apparatus. The interior of the church will be finished simply with plastered walls, an open-timbered room, and trusses of wood with a handwork finish. The chancel will have a high wood dado, plastered walls, a large window for purposes, an altar, and the usual appointments.

October 2, 1910

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