St. Mark's Church, Barriefield

St. Mark's Church, BarriefieldPinterest
Alfred Brunel’s Proposal for St Mark’s Church, Barriefield, 1843. Source: Anglican Diocese Archives Kingston
St. Mark's Church, BarriefieldPinterest
St Mark’s Church, 268 Main St, Barriefield, in 1973. Source: photo by Jennifer McKendry

“Built by Subscription A.D. 1843 A. Brunell Inventor” is inscribed on one of the church’s stones. Plans signed by Brunel (the correct spelling) show a handsome stone church in Gothic Revival style, complete with an open timber ceiling in the nave. One suspects the sudden flurry of satellite Anglican churches in the Kingston area in the 1840s reflects rivalry with the new Catholic St Mary’s Cathedral. Brunel was able to sell his design to Trenton, where a matching church, St George’s, was built. St Mark’s is particularly effective due to the elevation of its site protected by a stone fence.