St. Stephen's Church, Ooty

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

St. Stephen's Church, Udhagamandalam.
St. Stephen's Church, Ooty
St. Stephen's Church, Ooty
11°24′53″N 76°42′07″E / 11.414687°N 76.702056°E / 11.414687; 76.702056Coordinates: 11°24′53″N 76°42′07″E / 11.414687°N 76.702056°E / 11.414687; 76.702056
LocationOoty, Tamil Nadu
DenominationChurch of South India
Founded25 January 1830 (1830-01-25)
Founder(s)John Matthias Turner
Consecrated5 Dec 1830
Architect(s)John James Underwood

St. Stephen's Church is located on the road to Mysore in Ooty,[1] in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris district.[2][3]


The church dates back to the 19th century. Stephen Rumbold Lushington, the then Governor of Madras, who keenly felt the need for a church in Ooty exclusively for the British, laid the foundation for the church on 23 April 1829, to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. St. Stephen's Church was consecrated by John Matthias Turner, Bishop of Calcutta, on 5 November 1830. It was opened to the public communion on Easter Sunday 3 April 1831. It came under the Church of South India in 1947.[3] The architect incharge was John James Underwood, Captain, Madras Regiment.[4]


Foundation stone

The massive main beam and other timber in the church was taken from Tipu Sultan's palace on the island of Srirangapatna. The material was transported up the Sigur ghat. The architect was Captain J. J. Underwood and the construction cost about Rs 24000 at the time. The foundation stone was laid in April 1829. A painting depicting the Last Supper is displayed on the wall on the western side, which is situated above panelled doors. The church also features stained glass windows depicting, among other scenes, the crucifixion of Christ and Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms. Instead of the usual bell in the tower, 4 hammer like structures are tied on inverted-V shaped wooden planks using wires, which when pulled from the floor, produce a musical sound. The church also has a pulpit with a flight of steps to the left of the chancel, a pew with a chancel in a raised position and a vestry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Churches". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Ooty Tourist Attractions". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b "St. Stephen's Church". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Ootacamund-Heritage Trail" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Burns, Peter (2010). Tourism and Visual Culture, Volume 1: Theories and Concepts. CAB International. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-84593-609-9.

External links[edit]