St. Mary’s Bridle Path Road, Heathcote – Snow – Church next door to “Hillwood”: Picturing Canterbury

St. Mary’s Bridle Path Road, Heathcote – Snow – Church next door to “Hillwood”. File Reference Gimblett-0013.

St. Mary’s Bridle Path Road, Heathcote – Snow – Church next door to “Hillwood”.

Date: 1900s.

Built in 1860, St Mary’s Anglican church in Heathcote was originally situated on Bridle Path Road. Additions were made to the church building in 1914. In 1925 the building was relocated to its current location on the corner of Martindales and Truscotts roads.

Do you have any photographs of St Mary’s Church, Heathcote? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection.

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St. Marys, Bridle Path Road, Heathcote

Ōnuku Church, 1940: Picturing Canterbury

Ōnuku Church, 1940. Kete Christchurch. 1940_Onuku. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.

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Remembering the churches of Christchurch

Much to the dismay of my devout Italian grandmother, I have long given up going to church.

However, I still love places of worship. For me, they are imbued with memories:  memories of happy times and sad times, beginnings and farewells.

And, whenever I enter a church, a temple or a mosque, I cannot help but feel that there is something special in the air, a certain sacredness that transcends the religious – as if the building itself retains a lingering awareness of the many prayers and hopes of those who have visited it.

So I have been really saddened by the fact that many of the churches in Christchurch have not fared well in the earthquakes.

Most of us are aware of the severe damage suffered by the iconic  Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals, but these unfortunately have not been the only casualties. My quick roll-call includes:

  • St Luke’s in  the City, on the corner of Manchester and Kilmore Streets;
  • Holy Trinity in Avonside;
  • Knox Church, on the corner of Victoria Street and Bealey Avenue;
  • the Sydenham Church, in Colombo Street;
  • St Mary and St Athanasious Coptic Church in Edgeware Road; and
  • the Union Parish Church and Holy Trinity Church in Lyttelton.

Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, in 1905Luckily the memory of many of these buildings lives on in the library:

And, even more luckily, many gems have survived, though admittedly some a tad battered.

My personal favourites are St Peter’s at Church Corner in Riccarton – a little island of peace surrounded by busy streets – and St Paul’s in Papanui, which was designed by B. W. Mountfort, and whose cemetery is home to a number of illustrious Cantabrians, including Robert Heaton Rhodes and Charles Upham, V.C.

Do you have a favourite church, or any other places of worship to add to my sad roll-call of earthquake casualties?

St John’s Church, Hororata

The Selwyn District Heritage collection has some interesting photographs of St John’s Church at Hororata which was badly damaged in the September 4 earthquake.

The church was consecrated on 27 February 1911. Money to build the church came from Sir John Hall, former prime minister of New Zealand.

Sir John Hall

The old church which was moved to make way for the new stone church. It is still standing today and is being used for worship until the newer church is restored. The photograph was taken on the occasion of Sir John Hall’s funeral in 1907. Children from Hororata School line the path.

The photographs are taken from the Weekly press and the Canterbury times between the 1860s and the 1920s. They have been produced as a joint project between Selwyn District Council and Christchurch City Libraries. They were photographed from the newspapers by Stephen Wright.