14 Apr 2014

Te Henui Vicarage

This week we went to the Te Henui Vicarage at the eastern end of Courtenay Street. There stands a relic of the past, unique amongst church buildings in New Zealand. That it was designed for some ecclesiastical purpose, is evidenced by the coat of arms of the Diocese of New Zealand, on the building. This heraldic device of three stars on a blue background is let into the wall above the attic window. The small stone building is all that remains to show that the first vicarage of the parish of St. Mary's and Holy Trinity was situated on that land. For this building stones were hauled by bullocks from Te Henui stream and limestone was brought from Nelson. The original roof was thatched and this was later replaced, first by shingles and later by iron. The Te Henui Vicarage is one of New Zealand's oldest buildings built in 1843.

Here is my sketch done round the back:

View from the front:

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