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Scots Uniting Church

Item details

Name of item: Scots Uniting Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 99 and 99A Bathurst Street, Pitt Town, NSW 2756
Parish: Pitt Town
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Hawkesbury
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
99 and 99A Bathurst StreetPitt TownHawkesburyPitt TownCumberlandPrimary Address
Grenville StreetPitt TownHawkesbury  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Scots Uniting Church is a fine and intact example of a rural Victorian Gothic church. With the St James Anglican Church on the opposite side of Bathurst Street, it contributes to an important civic node in the town.

The Scots Uniting Church is of historic significance as one of the two early churches serving the township of Pitt Town. It is also of importance as the gravesite of the Rev David Moore and his family.

Like all churches, Scots Uniting Church is of social importance as a focal point of Presbyterian and later Uniting Church worship since 1862.
Date significance updated: 31 Dec 01
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Description

Construction years: 1860-
Physical description: Scots Uniting Church is a small sandstone church in the Victorian Gothic Style. Four bays long, it is a gabled building with a slate roof and galvanised ridging. Sandstone buttresses divide the bays and mark the corners. There is a gabled entry porch at the west end.

The church has pointed arched windows with multipane double hung windows. Ledged and sheeted doors in a pointed arch opening open to the entry porch. Circular vents are located high in the gabled ends.

The eaves are finished with wide eaves boards (between 200-300mm).

In the yard to the south is the grave of Reverend David Moore, his wife Annie Cooper and their daughter Annie. The grave is marked by a fine arched sandstone monument and is surrounded by a low iron picket fence.

The location of the church opposite St James Anglican Church contributes to an important civic precinct in the town.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Condition: good
Date condition updated:31 Dec 01
Current use: Church
Former use: Church

History

Historical notes: Scots Uniting Church was built in 1860 as a Presbyterian Church and was consecrated in 1862. Prior to that time, a room belonging to William Hall was used for services. Hall left a 50 acre farm and an bequest of 100 pounds to the church allowing the construction of the present building. (Bowd)

Stone for the church was quarried locally at the Longneck Lagoon Quarry (Barkley)

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)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Scots Uniting Church is of historic significance as one of the two early churches serving the township of Pitt Town. It is also of importance as the gravesite of the Rev David Moore and his family.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Scots Uniting Church is a fine and intact example of a rural Victorian Gothic church. With the St James Anglican Church on the opposite side of Bathurst Street, it contributes to an important civic node in the town.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Like all churches, Scots Uniting Church is of social importance as a focal point of Presbyterian and later Uniting Church worship since 1862.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The gravesite has importance for its information about the Reverend David Moore and his family.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Scots Uniting Church is a fine and intact example of a rural Victorian Gothic church.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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 PlanHawkesbury LEP 2012I28121 Sep 12   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hawkesbury Heritage Review2001281Hubert Architects, Heritage Futures and Terry Kass in AssociationPH Yes
Heritage Study of the Shire of Hawkesbury1987133Lester Tropman & Associates, Helen Proudfoot & Meredith Walker  No
Heritage Study of the North Western Sector of Sydney1984H/PT-4Howard Tanner & Associates in association with Max Kelly and Elizabeth Vines  No
Pitt Town Slab Barns Study199115Graham Edds & Associates  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBowd, Douglas1994Macquarie Country - A History of the Hawkesbury

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1740006


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