Toronto Necropolis – Magnificent Natural Vistas & Gothic Architecture

2021 - Toronto Necropolis chapel, gates and superintendent's lodge at 200 Winchester St
2021 – Toronto Necropolis chapel, gates and superintendent’s lodge at 200 Winchester St

The Toronto Necropolis is located at 200 Winchester St (on the north side, across the street from Riverdale Farm) in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto.

Some of Canada’s Finest Examples of Gothic Revival Architecture

The cemetery itself dates back to 1850 and is on just over 18 acres. The historic burial ground features wandering pathways and natural vistas. Architect Henry Langley (who passed away in 1906 and is buried here) designed the beautiful chapel, open woodwork gates, and superintendent’s lodge, built in 1871/72 at the cost of $8,632. These structures are considered some of the most outstanding examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the country.

The chapel has a large arched stained glass window that lights the nave, a bell tower placed uniquely at the rear over the sacristy and a tri-colour slate roof. A thoughtful design, funeral processions enter through the porch, pass through the nave to the chancel and then through the sacristy to the cemetery grounds.

2021 - Potter's Field of Muddy York heritage plaque at Yonge St and Bloor St, on the northwest corner
2021 – Potter’s Field of Muddy York heritage plaque at Yonge St and Bloor St, on the northwest corner

The Early Settlers of the Town of York

There are 984 Early Settlers of the Town of York re-interred at the Toronto Necropolis. Their remains were moved here from Potter’s Field during the mid to late 1800s. Potter’s Field was the area’s first non-sectarian cemetery and was located at the northwest corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts from 1826 to 1855. There were 6,685 people buried there and while most were moved, there may be some still resting under the high rises and shops in Yorkville.

Notable People Interred at the Toronto Necropolis

  • William Lyon Mackenzie (Toronto’s first Mayor)
  • George Brown (journalist and one of the Fathers of Confederation)
  • Anderson Ruffin Abbott (first Canadian-born Black surgeon)
  • Ned Hanlan (world-champion oarsman)
  • J Ross Robertson (founder of the Toronto Telegram newspaper)
  • Kay Christie (Nursing Sister during WWII and POW from 1942 to 1943)

Necropolis is Greek for “City of the Dead.” Ontario’s first crematorium also opened here in 1933. The Necropolis is located across the street from Riverdale Farm (once Riverdale Zoo).

Toronto Necropolis Photos

2020 - Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates at 200 Winchester St
2020 – Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates at 200 Winchester St
1955 - Toronto Necropolis chapel at 200 Winchester St
1955 – Toronto Necropolis chapel at 200 Winchester St (Toronto Public Library R-5775)
2021 - Toronto Necropolis chapel, gates and superintendent's lodge at 200 Winchester St
2021 – Toronto Necropolis chapel, gates and superintendent’s lodge at 200 Winchester St
2020 - Toronto Necropolis front gates
2020 – Toronto Necropolis front gates
2020 - Chapel entrance at Toronto Necropolis
2020 – Chapel entrance at Toronto Necropolis
2020 - Pews, sanctuary and stained glass window in the chapel at Toronto Necropolis
2020 – Pews, sanctuary and stained glass window in the chapel at Toronto Necropolis
2020 - Stained glass windows at the Toronto Necropolis chapel
2020 – Stained glass windows at the Toronto Necropolis chapel
2020 - Toronto Necropolis chapel interior
2020 – Toronto Necropolis chapel interior
2021 - Looking north towards the Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates
2021 – Looking north towards the Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates
2020 - Toronto Necropolis chapel from the back, looking south towards Riverdale Farm
2020 – Toronto Necropolis chapel from the back, looking south towards Riverdale Farm
2020 - Cemetery and gravestones at Toronto Necropolis at 200 Winchester St
2020 – Cemetery and gravestones at Toronto Necropolis at 200 Winchester St
2020 - Dedication wall at Toronto Necropolis cemetery
2020 – Dedication wall at Toronto Necropolis cemetery
2020 – Memorial wall at Toronto Necropolis cemetery which includes William Lyon Mackenzie (Toronto's first mayor), J Ross Robertson (founder of the Telegram) and Ned Hanlan (champion oarsman)
2020 – Memorial wall at Toronto Necropolis cemetery which includes William Lyon Mackenzie (Toronto’s first mayor), J Ross Robertson (founder of the Telegram) and Ned Hanlan (champion oarsman)
2020 - Memorial wall at Toronto Necropolis cemetery
2020 – Memorial wall at Toronto Necropolis cemetery
2021 – Toronto Necropolis chapel and cemetery, looking east
2021 – Toronto Necropolis chapel and cemetery, looking east
2021 - Chapel's steeple at Toronto Necropolis
2021 – Chapel’s steeple at Toronto Necropolis
2021 - Superintendent's lodge at Toronto Necropolis
2021 – Superintendent’s lodge at Toronto Necropolis
2021 - Toronto Necropolis heritage plaque
2021 – Toronto Necropolis heritage plaque
2020 - Toronto Necropolis chapel plaque
2020 – Toronto Necropolis chapel plaque
2021 - Early Settlers heritage plaque
2021 – Early Settlers heritage plaque
2021 - Potter's Field of Muddy York heritage plaque at Yonge St and Bloor St, on the northwest corner
2021 – Potter’s Field of Muddy York heritage plaque at Yonge St and Bloor St, on the northwest corner
1910 - Riverdale Park, looking northwest to Toronto Necropolis
1910 – Riverdale Park, looking northwest to Toronto Necropolis (Toronto Public Library R-5818)
1922 - William Lyon McKenzie's gravestone at the Toronto Necropolis
1922 – William Lyon McKenzie’s gravestone at the Toronto Necropolis (Toronto Public Library r-5811)
1952 - Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates
1952 – Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates (Toronto Public Library R-5774)
2021 - Toronto Necropolis gates
2021 – Toronto Necropolis gates
2020 - Toronto Necropolis chapel
2020 – Toronto Necropolis chapel
2021 - Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates
2021 – Toronto Necropolis chapel and gates
2021 - Toronto Necropolis chapel
2021 – Toronto Necropolis chapel
2021 - Toronto Necropolis superintendents lodge
2021 – Toronto Necropolis superintendents lodge
2021 - Cemetery and gravestones at Toronto Necropolis
2021 – Cemetery and gravestones at Toronto Necropolis
2020 - Toronto Necropolis chapel
2020 – Toronto Necropolis chapel
2021 - Toronto Necropolis
2021 – Toronto Necropolis
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