History & Tour

A Breif History

Bishop Alexander C Garrett of Dallas visited Weatherford in June 1875.  He organized a mission church the following February with five communicants.  The congregation called the Rev. Edwin Wichens, then serving at a mission in Fort Worth to preach the fourth Sunday of each month as their first Priest in Charge.  A small stone church was completed in 1879 on land that later became the site of the Weatherford City Hall.

The early years proved to be financially challenging for All Saints’ Anglican Church, and by 1921, the Bishop had sold the church property.  The congregation reorganized, and the new property on the current site was given by a parishioner, Maggie Coleman Foat, in memory of her daughter.  Services were held in the homes of members until a new building was constructed in 1923 for $10, 424.  A rectory was built in the same year for the new priest, the Rev. E.S. Barlow.

Upon her death in 1943, Maggie Foat left stock in the First National Bank of Dallas to be used for the salary of a full time priest.  Noted portrait painter Douglas Chandor (1897-1953) served on the vestry from 1945 to 1947.  A parish hall was placed on the premises in 1947 and, in 1964; the church and rectory were joined to form an educational building.

The church is now over 140 years old, but the life of the parish has continued to be young in spirit while faithful to the tradition of its founders.

Early Events at All Saints'

25 June 1875 — “Left for Weatherford. 26 miles. Crossed the Brazos without difficulty. Arrived before noon, and immediately found a few Churchmen looking out for me. Oh, how I felt refreshed! I cannot express my thankfulness. Col. James’ wife insisted that I should stay with them, giving up their own room for my use, in spite of my remonstrances. The Methodists kindly lent their house of worship to us during my stay. Evening Prayer and Sermon John 1:18. Chants! Thank God.” [Bishop Charles Alexander Garrett’s Diary, p.57, archived at The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Texas]
13 April 1879 — This Easter Day the first baptism was performed in All Saints’ Church when Olin Price was baptized by Chas Ritter, Priest in Charge of Mission. [Records of All Saints’ Church, Weather-ford: An Early Handwritten and Bound Book of Church History, Families, Marriages, Baptisms, Confirmations, and Funerals, p. 200, All Saints’ Church Archives]
27 April 1879 — A small, recently completed structure was consecrated as All Saints’ Mission with the bishop present. [Bishop Charles Alexander Garrett’s Diary, pp. 229-230. archived at The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Texas]

The little Gothic church was the first structure built for worship in All Saints’ parish at Weatherford, Texas. It was consecrated 27 April 1879 and served until about 1918 when declining membership forced the bishop to sell the building and lot to the City of Weatherford for the construction of a new high school. The current building was erected in 1923 at the corner of Waco and Church streets.

A Tour of All Saints'

NARTHEX 

1. Original 1876 Cornerstone

2. Stained glass above entry doors

  A. Left - Anglican Church Shield

  B. Mid - Shield of Archbishop of Canterbury

  C. Right - Shield of Diocese of Dallas (Fort Worth had none than)

3. The stained glass window facing west depicts the symbol of St. Raphael, the guardian of Humanity.

4. The east window depicts a BULL, symbolic of St. Luke, the physician and surgeon. These windows were donated by Mrs. Varina Nelson in honor of her husband Dr. Joe Nelson.

 

 

 

NAVE

1. Triptych - The wood carving above the entry door; it depicts Our Lord on the Cross, Mary and St. John.

2. Stations of the Cross - As you go along the walls and around the nave, you will notice carved plaques depicting the events of our Lord’s crucifixion. In ancient times, the stations were placed in churches so those who could not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem could experience Jesus’ walk and suffering. The Stations of the Cross were donated to the church in the 1980's.  The Marble Plaque was donated by Mrs. Foat.

 

 

CHAPEL

The CHAPEL was renovated in the late 1990's in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Platt Allen. The new altar and icons were dedicated on November 1, All Saints’ Day, by the Bishop of Ft. Worth.  The Altar icon features Jesus in His Majesty. The icon above the votive stand features Our Lady with Baby Jesus.

WINDOWS: Prevalence of color blue symbolic of Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)

1st Window: Dedicated to Douglas Chandor, an English portraitist. Mr. Chandor is remembered for his gardens here, his portraits of the Royal Family members, Winston Churchill and the only portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt standing. Mr. Chandor brought King George of England (Duke of Windsor) to worship at All Saints’ during his visit here. Mr. Chandor married Ina Kuteman in this church. The Daisy in this window symbolizes Innocence (since the 16th century).

2nd Window: Humility - Lily of the Valley; Purity of Jesus

3rd Window: Lily (Easter type) Purity of BVM; dedicated to Jess Hall, Senior.

4th Window: Roses - note thorns; symbolize love and BVM

STATUTE OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: stepping on the serpent; symbolic of Good over Evil.

THE KNEELER: Given in memory of Ben Hagman; 1st husband of Mary Martin and father of Larry Hagman. Larry was baptized here in 1932. Restored by the Rosary Group in 2020.

 

 

 

PIPE ORGAN: Oldest in Parker County; pipes are in the balcony. The organ was donated by Anglican Church Women in early 1930's and restored in 1985.

 

SANCTUARY CANDLE: Symbolize that Jesus is present in the sacrament and were donated in 1954.

COMMUNION RAIL AND GOOD SHEPHERD WINDOW: Donated in memory of

 Mr. and Mrs. William Eddleman, 1932.

 

ALTAR: Gothic Style; Oak construction; this is where we celebrate the Holy Eucharist every Sunday, which is the central act of the Anglican Church service. The tabernacle on the top of the table stores the consecrated bread. The large candlesticks at each end signify that Christ is the Light of the World and are only lighted for communion. Other candles are service candles. Christ Risen on Cross is “Christus Rex” Christ the King or the Divine Human. Note Greek letters at base of altar. LEFT - A - ALPHA; R OMEGA; MIDDLE “IHS” FIRST THREE LETTERS OF JESUS NAME IN GREEK.  Is dedicated to Miss Margaret Foat.

 

COLLECTION PLATES: Walnut alms basins - originally in 1876 church

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS: Take time to experience our stained glass windows as paintings depicting stories. These windows were made of colored glass, sponged with oil stains, etched in minute detail piece by piece, fired, then assembled into pictures and secured with leading. The etchings at the base of the pictures were done with a quill.

1st Window: Dedicated in memory of Father Barlow, Rector 1921-1943. This window is done in pastels and features the menorah on the Left (7 lamps or 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit from Isaiah), and on the right is depicted the Arc of the Covenant. At the top the symbols are as follow: daisies for Innocence; the Fleur de Lis for Trinity, was used by French monarchs and St. Joan of Arc.

 

2nd Window: Features the Parable of the Prodigal Son (from Luke); note details such as tattered clothing; facial expressions; muscle definition; folds in the clothing; cloven hooves of pigs; same technique used.

SYMBOLS at Top Left: Mary with Babe; Right: a censer - an incense burner used in ancient temples “to carry our prayers to Heaven.”