The Church has strong connections to the Canal, as it was the signatures of a group of Canal workers that provided the required number of members to qualify the St. James congregation for the funding to construct the first church in 1827.
It was originally located on King Street. The current Church was constructed while the Canal was still operating and was completed in January of 1871 just as the Canal Company was folding.
If you move to the sidewalk in front of the Church you will see several information panels on the Canal. Also notice the Mason’s marks on several of the stones. The workers were paid on the basis of the number of stones they were able to produce and the marks indicated who was eligible for the money.