Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Atop an old New England church

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

I post a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #292?  Scroll down to find the answer.





This weathervane can be found atop the steeple of the Candia Congregational Church in Candia, New Hampshire.  The Congregational church in Candia was organized in 1770.  There was an old meeting house which served as the church mentioned in the town histories.  The weathervane was repaired and regilded in 1829 by Daniel Fitts, Jr. the school master according to the History of the Town of Candia, New Hampshire, page 197.  In 1802 the steeple was outfitted with a bell made by the Revere Company in Boston.  This church burned in 1838.  Among the artifacts saved from the fire was the long iron rod for the original weathervane (page 200).

In November 1838 the new meeting house was completed.  There was a new bell paid for by the sale of the scrap metal of the old bell.  There is no mention in the town history about the cuurrent weathervane which currently adorns the steeple of the church.

 The Candia Congregational Church website:  http://candiacongregational.org/ 

History of the Town of Candia, Rockingham County, NH: From its first settlement to the present time,  by J. Bailey Moore, 1893, online at this link:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Atop an old New England church", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 4, 2017,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/weathervane-wednesday-atop-old-new.html: accessed [access date]).

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