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Item details

Name of item: Denbigh
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Farming and Grazing
Category: Homestead Complex
Location: Lat: -34 00 04 Long: 150 42 58
Primary address: 421 The Northern Road, Cobbitty, NSW 2570
Parish: COOK
Local govt. area: Camden
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
421 The Northern RoadCobbittyCamdenCOOKCUMBERLANDPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of the finest of the early colonial farmhouses in Australia, with important historical associations and an evocative atmoshphere. In excellent condition and within a fine setting.
Date significance updated: 11 Oct 02
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Builder/Maker: Charles Hook
Construction years: 1817-1822
Physical description: Single-storey early colonial homestead with a wide verandah returning at the sides. The rubble walls are clad with teak weatherboarding and the shuttered windows are small paned. A two-storey wing has been added on the eastern side and at the rear 2 one-storey wings enclose a service courtyard. There is a complex of slab outbuildings associated with the house as well as a convict built sandstone coach house and stable, dairy, and various sheds. There is an early garden around the house, and a dense grove of olives. Remnants of a tennis court are also located to the rear of the property.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The Denbigh homestead and gardens are in good condition. The outbuildings are in poor to fair condition.
Date condition updated:13 Sep 02
Modifications and dates: Thomas Hassall added a brick stuccoed two-storey section.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The early farmhouse was built about 1817 - 1822 by Charles Hook on his 1812 grant of 1,100 acres when he retired to his farm after the Rum Rebellion. It was sold to the Rev Hassall in 1826 and he added the two storey stucco brick section.

Hassall took an active interest in his farm and was affectionaltely known as the "Squire of Denbigh". Denbigh itself had become a large and prosperous establishment, permanently employing a blacksmith, carpenter, shoemaker, dairy man, gardner, brickmaker and schoolmaster, all living on the property in the houses of rammed earth. (Davies: 16)

Purchased in 1868 by the family of James MacIntosh who continued to operate the property as a dairy farm until the early 1970's. Now used for cattle.

Assessment of significance

Integrity/Intactness: Denbigh retains good integrity and relative intactness.
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.

Recommended management:

Conserve and maintain significant fabric and landscape.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan 4821 Feb 92 2636
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Survey and Report 19th Century Buildings and Sites Camden  Proudfoot, Helen  No
Macarthur Region Heritage Study1986 JRC Planning Services  Yes
St Thomas' Anglican Church & School Church, Narellan Conservation Plan - Draft1999 Paul Davies Pty Ltd  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1280032

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