It is not possible to identify the exact date on which life began for the Anglican Church in Alexandria, But it is recorded by Bishop Gray, in his journals, that on 22 August 1850, he rode from Salem to Churchplace (now Alexandria) where the English speaking community spoke to him of their desire for a resident English speaking minister. Until this time they had receive services once a month conducted by the Revd T Henchman. Colonial Chaplain at Uitenhage, the Revd P Copeman was appointed to the chaplaincy of Sidbury in 1857, with special permission to live on a farm close to Alexandria. In May of 1856, the first recorded baptism, that of William Henry Deacon, appears in the register, with the Revd Mr Copeman officiating. It is interesting to note that the descendants of both these persons still worship in the parish, as the year 2000 draws closer! The Bishop of Grahamstown, the Rt Revd Henry Cotterill laid the foundation stone of Christ Church Alexandria in 1860, and first reference to the completed building is found with the recorded marriage of James Edward Nightingale and Louisa Short, in July 1863. Only in 1904 was the commencement made with the building of a Rectory, and this was completed the following year, at a cost of stlg604.
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