Sunday, November 4, 2018

St. Mark's Church, George Town, Chennai

St. Mark's Church, George Town, Chennai
St. Mark's Church is one of the oldest churches in George Town area of Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The construction of the church was commenced by John Goldingham in 1799 and completed in 1800. The Church is located on Pedariyar Koil Street.



History
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The Church
The Chapel is very well maintained inside. The grave of its first reverend Richard Hall Kerr graces the floor before the altar and a plaque was erected at his death at 40 in 1808. A monument to him can be seen on one of the walls of the church. This features a black obelisk on which some books are resting. The records of St. Mary’s Church in the Fort state that an organ was sent from there to this chapel sometime in the 1890s. That is nowhere to be seen now.


If the Rev. Kerr’s monument is majestic because of its size, that of the Rev. Morgan Davis, which adorns the opposite wall, is of white marble, small and very elegant. He became the pastor of St. Mark’s in 1810 and died at the Cape of Good Hope. The parishioners of St. Mark’s then erected this memorial to him. There are a couple of other plaques within the church. Reading some of them you realize that being chaplain of St. Mark’s also meant being Superintendent of the Civil Male Orphan Asylum, at least until 1880 or so, when it merged with its military counterpart and migrated elsewhere.


Connectivity
The Church is located at about 200 meters from Bharathi Arts College Bus Stop, 400 meters from Stanley Hospital Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Royapuram Railway Station, 1 Km from Mannady Metro Station, 4 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 6 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 12 Kms from Koyambedu Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and 20 Kms from Chennai Airport. The Church is located very close to the Mannady Metro Station. You can proceed on foot to the church from the station. From other parts of the city, you can take a Cabs, Auto Rickshaw, Bus, Local Trains and Metro Trains to reach the Church.
Location

2 comments:

Raj said...

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Martin said...

My grandparents, George Alma Cooper and Clara Esther Martin we’re married at st Marks in 1907. I hope to visit, one day soon.
Martin Cooper
Australia.