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House (Former Methodist Parsonage)

Item details

Name of item: House (Former Methodist Parsonage)
Other name/s: Methodist Parsonage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 205 William Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795
Parish: Bathurst
County: Bathurst
Local govt. area: Bathurst Regional
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
205 William StreetBathurstBathurst RegionalBathurstBathurstPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Elaborate and picturesque Edwardian residence set on a corner within a group of interesting similar houses. Formerly a Methodist parsonage and one of a range of such buildings. Important to the history of Methodist/Wesleyan life.
Date significance updated: 01 Feb 07
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Physical description: Single storey federation Queen Anne residence of face brick. Return verandah to front and side terminating with projecting gabled wings and with square pyramidal roof at corner.
Full brick face work is of Flemish bond. The main roof is hipped and corrugated iron clad with a gable extending towards the street and in that gable has a dress window with casement sashes and highlights above. The walls of the house are decorated with steep rendered sills and a rendered and painted band. Front door is paneled with glazing of leadlight and coloured glass with matching side lights. An extensive verandah around the house is supported on elaborately turned and shaped timber posts with a freeze of timber spindles. On the top of the house is a small area at the ridgeline which may have been a widows walk. Front fence of the house is a timber picket fence. The house is heavily screened with vegetation..
Current use: Methodist parsonage
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: This was possibly the south Methodist parsonage which was built in 1903. The Methodists had a number of pasonage houses over time including one iat 115 Kepple Street, and another at 142 William St .

The Wesleyan Methodist chapel (Uniting Church) on William Street, built in 1837 and now used as a church hall, is the earliest extant church building south of the Macquarie River in the BRC area. The chapel sits well below present-day street level, offering a visual reminder of its relative antiquity. An even earlier building used for Methodist worship can be found at Orton Park (Perthville Road), where Joseph Orton, a visiting Methodist minister, held a service on 11 November 1832. The establishment of permanent Methodism in the west can be dated from this service. The building, later used as stables, is thought by its present owners to have been built in 1825. If correct, the stables – an appropriate choice of building – may be the oldest extant building used for religious services in the BRC area, if not the Central West. The first Presbyterian Church, St Stephen's, was built in 1835 on the William Street site now occupied by Stockland, its demolition followed the construction in 1872 (architect Thomas Rowe) of the new St Stephen's on George Street.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing the clergy and religious-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
constructed 1903.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Single storey federation Queen Anne residence, possibly architect designed, as were other methodist buildings.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Important to the history of Methodist/Wesleyan life.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Investigate this buildings history furtther. Was it architect designed?
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHouse (former Methodist Parsonage)8219 Nov 14   
Within a conservation area on an LEPBathurst Conservation Area 19 Nov 14   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bathurst City Council Heritage Study1990A701Hughes Trueman LudlowHughes Trueman Ludlow No
BRC City Conservation Area Heritage Review2006 Hickson in assoc with BRCB.J. Hickson Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenB. Greaves1959The Story of Bathurst
WrittenRob McLachlan2007Thematic History of Bathurst

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1080321

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