Heritage

St. Mary's Anglican Church

Item details

Name of item: St. Mary's Anglican Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 240 Birrell Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
240 Birrell StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of Edmund Blacket's earlier churches. Both modest and attractive, and essentially intact. Of considerable historical interest. One of the oldest buildings in the Waverley Council area, and notable for its association with Bishop Barker and important local families. Sited on the highest point in Waverley and set in attractive garden surrounds. State significance.
Date significance updated: 04 Oct 99
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Branch intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.

Description

Construction years: 1890-
Physical description: Impressive stone church in Ecclesiastical Gothic style. Long nave with chancel, vestry and two side porches. Dressed sandstone with concrete tiled roof (originally shingled). Paired lancet windows between buttresses. Stained glass with label moulds over. Good belfry above western parapet gable. Generally in good condition.
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; cultural; social; architectural; aesthetic; rarity value; streetscape/landscape.
Current use: Church
Former use: Church

History

Historical notes: Built on a 0.4 hectare site donated by TD Edwards. Part of original grant to B Levey. Foundation stone laid 1863 and consecrated by Bishop Barker on 19 May 1864. Designed by Edmund Blacket and built by W Bailey. The original design envisaged a tower and spire, never built. Porches and organ chamber were added in 1872. Replaced an earlier church built on the site of St Clare's College in Church Street in 1858.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
One of Edmund Blacket's earlier churches. Both modest and attractive, and essentially intact. Of considerable historical interest. One of the oldest buildings in the Waverley Council area, and notable for its association with Bishop Barker and important local families. Sited on the highest point in Waverley and set in attractive garden surrounds. State significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan 43/1 - 003806 Dec 96   
Heritage studyWaverley Heritage Study1990   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990 Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620031


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