was on 29'" August 1863, that the first
stone of St. Paul's Church was laid " H.E.
the Governor laid the foundation stone of St.
Paul's Church on Saturday afternoon August 29"',
and the Christian community assembled a thousand
was ready by the middle of February 1867. The
Bishop of Bombay therefore wrote to the Governor
the Following letter:
Governor of Bombay:
have the honour to request from Your Excellency
in Council the Consent of Government to the
consecration of St. Paul's Church at Poona -
being now reported to me as ready for consecration.
The necessary sanction was
received and St. Paul's was consecrated on 5'"
of March 1867. " This structure is of the
early English style of Gothic architecture.
The design was prepared by the Rev. F. Gell.
The entire length of the Church is 95 1/2 feet
(interior dimensions), breath 30 feet and height
to corbel 40 1/2 feet. We congratulate, besides
the Government who provided funds, and those
who were concerned in its erection, the public
also, on the completion of St. Paul's Church,
which besides being a great convenience for
those who live in the civil and staff lines,
is an ornament to the station of which we may
justly be proud. The cost of erecting the church
was about Rs. 90,000/-"
date was July the St" 1900. The time was
around 12.30 p.m The church had originally a
very high pitched roof of corrugated Iron sheets
and for three or four days some five workmen
of the PWD were engaged in soldering the sheets
in order to render them watertight during the
monsoons. After the gun-fire ( 12 noon) the
workmen left for their meals and "it seems
that in their absence somehow or other a stray
spark from the workmen's stove ( which they
affirm as having put out before going to their
meals) must have ignited the boarding or the
roof, which by the time the labourers had retuned
to their work, helped unfortunately by the strong
wind that was blowing at the time, spread gradually
away and when alarm was raised and assistance
came, had taken a complete hold of the entire