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Pencader Presbyterian Church

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1852. DE (BUS) 896 and U.S. 40
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Pencader Presbyterian Church (W. Barksdale Maynard)

William Perm's grant in 1701 of 30,000 acres to Welsh settlers gave rise to two churches, this one and Welsh Tract Baptist (NK15). Pencader is Welsh for “chief seat.” The early-eighteenth-century frame chapel that stood nearby was replaced by a brick building in 1782–1783, later demolished for the current one, also brick, in a plain Greek Revival style with very tall second-floor windows. The pedimented front-gable form of the church, engaged brick pilasters, and a sharp steeple on a square base resemble several other churches of the period in Delaware (e.g., PR14, NK5). In 1899, the “audience room” (sanctuary) was replastered, pews and woodwork grained, and the building roofed with tin. During that decade, a tomb of 1712 could still be seen in the churchyard; further examination in the 1930s revealed some gravestones in Welsh. The sycamores probably date to the 1780s. Directly opposite stands the handsome brick Cann Store of the nineteenth century.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Pencader Presbyterian Church", [Newark, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 196-196.

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