Archival Moment
February 7, 1864
St. Patrick's Church, St. John's.
"On February 7, 1864, work officially began on St. Patrick’s Church, Patrick Street, St. John’s with the hauling of the stone taken from the Southside Hills (at Cudahy’s Quarry) in St. John’s. The first sleigh of stone was delivered to the site by the Cathedral (now Basilica) Fire Brigade.
Typically, in the construction of stone buildings, the stone was hauled during the winter, when the road surfaces were packed with snow allowing the horses to pull the very heavy loads.
It is estimated that 600 tonnes of stone was hauled from Cudahy’s Quarry by volunteer labor for the construction of the new church.
Construction continued as funds and materials permitted.  Twenty five years later, St. Patrick’s Church was consecrated on August 28, 1881.
The hauling of the stone on sleighs from the South Side Hills to the site of the future St. Patrick’s Church resulted in the death of one child. Children would grab onto the huge mounds of stone on the sleighs as they traveled through the streets. One child was crushed when a stone slab slid from the sleigh as the child tried to grab on for a joy ride.
Most Reverend John Hughes, Archbishop of New York and Bishop John Thomas Mullock of St. John’s laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Church on September 10, 1855. The church was designed in the late Gothic Revival, also termed Neo-Gothic, style by J.J. McCarthy, a prominent Irish architect, and was built by T. O’Brien, local architect and mason."
I have reposted this interesting bit of history from Larry Dohey's 'Archival Moments'.  If you are not a regular reader of 'Archival Moments', now is the time to become one.  The site is packed with interesting and informative bits of Newfoundland history.  Here is the link