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Wesley United Church

In December of 1889, a board meeting at Colborne Street discussed the expansion into Eagle Place. The Church Extension Society set up a Trustee Board which consisted of George Wedlake, Edwin Passmore, T.S. Linscott, and H.F. Merrill.

“The Huron Street Mission” was opened November 2, 1890 at a cost of $2,000.00, which included furnishings and a drive shed. The first minister, W. B. Smith, was appointed in 1893. 


In 1899, the Church was bursting at the seams and the building was also subjected to flooding in the spring. Property was purchased by George Wedlake in 1899 on higher ground at the corner of Cayuga and Superior Streets. The corner stone for the church at 69 Superior Street was laid on June 6, 1903. The church, which cost $10,000 to build and could seat 450 people, and opened for worship on December 13, 1903. In 1907, a new parsonage was built and in 1912, the church was enlarged. In 1919, an Honour Roll was unveiled for the men who served during World War I.


In 1925, it became Wesley United Church when the Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Methodist churches joined to create the United Church of Canada. A third expansion was built in 1933 for a growing Sunday School and to accomodate the growing congregation, expanding the church to a seating capacity of 850. The mortgage was burned on March 4, 1946. In 1949, a memorial window was erected in memory of those who served in World War II. Wesley celebrated 100 years in the Superior Street Church and 113 years as a congregation in 2003 (Brantford Expositor, October 25, 2003, p. C4). 

Reference: Brantford Public Library's "Brantford's Churches"

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