Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Brampton Ont

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery is located on the west side of Center Street, south of Queen Street in the City of Brampton. It is just behind the medical center and access is through the parking lot, if you are planning a visit I would recommend that it is done when the center is closed, as the parking lot is for the medical center staff and patients.

This cemetery is the first Catholic cemetery in Brampton, the land was donated by John Lynch in 1865 for a catholic burying ground and church to serve the growing Irish Catholic community.  In 1871 the church burnt to the ground, it was believed that raising anti-catholic sentiment was the cause.

The church was moved in 1879 to the old John Street Presbyterian Church, but this cemetery continued for many years to serve the Irish Catholic community and their descendants. The cemetery is now maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

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