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Hoskins Memorial Presbyterian Church

Item details

Name of item: Hoskins Memorial Presbyterian Church
Other name/s: Hoskins Memoral Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: Bridge Street, Lithgow, NSW 2790
Local govt. area: Lithgow
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bridge StreetLithgowLithgow  Primary Address
Mort StreetLithgowLismore  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Historic: The church is one of the most public monuments to a major industrial dynasty, built in the twentieth century and reflects the central role of the iron industry in Lithgow, although ironically opened in the year the blast-furnaces closed. Aesthetic: In its well-planted grounds, the church is an outstanding contributor to the appearance of Lithgow's main business area as approached from Chifley Road.
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Description

Designer/Maker: John Barr
Builder/Maker: Loveridge and Hudson, Sydney; J. Halliwell, supervisor;
Physical description: The church has a wide nave with wide transepts and a short choir with a tower and stone spire 50 metres high. The roof is hammer-beam. There are spacious gardens around redesigned by Sorensen in 1938. Perpendicular Gothic Stone

History

Historical notes: Guildford Hoskins, the eldest son of Charles, the Lithgow ironmaster, died in an explosion at Eskroy Park in 1916 at the age of 29. His father determined to build a Presbyterian church in his memory. Work began on clearing an old brickwork site in 1919, and a hall was erected in 1924, but the church was built only after Charles Hoskins' own death in 1926. The architect commissioned by his family was John Barr of Sydney, the supervising contractor was J. Halliwell, the stonemasons were from Loveridge and Hudson, under the direction of old Thomas Loveridge himself. The stone building, set in grounds laid out by Searle Bros, opened in 1928, maintained by a family trust. In 1938 Sir Cecil Hoskins arranged for Paul Sorensen, the prominent garden designer, to lay out the grounds anew. A brick manse was built in 1977 at the same time as the congregation elected to join the Uniting Church. Historical Period Built 1926 - 1950, Used 1926 - 1950, Used 1951 - 1975, Used post 1975

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings (none)-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods (none)-
7. Governing-Governing Welfare-Activities and process associated with the provision of social services by the state or philanthropic organisations (none)-
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 Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historic: The church is one of the most public monuments to a major industrial dynasty, built in the twentieth century and reflects the central role of the iron industry in Lithgow, although ironically opened in the year the blast-furnaces closed.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetic: In its well-planted grounds, the church is an outstanding contributor to the appearance of Lithgow's main business area as approached from Chifley Road.
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:

All sites: historical and archaeological sites A Keep buildings in good order B Continue to maintain building in good order. C Record , photograph, research any changes D Continue to record and research this place’s history. E Ensure that any new owners are advised of the Cultural significance of the site F Encourage collections of moveable heritage to stay together with the building or place G Consider making available publicly interpretive information that will enable visitors to appreciate the site. H With assistance from Council make available publicly interpretive information that will enable visitors to appreciate the sites. I Draw up conservation plans or interim Management Plans

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014I31419 Dec 14   
Heritage study  01 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Greater Lithgow Heritage Study 1997-19981998B314Ian Jack in conjuction with Graham Edds & Assoc, J Colleran & E Higginbotham.  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenC Hoskins1973The Hoskins Saga, Sydney 1969, Hoskins Memorial Church, Lithgow
WrittenD. G. Hoskins Hoskins History, private circulation, 1988
WrittenF. M. Taylor1920'Modern Church Architecture', Building 12 Feb,1920
WrittenR. Ratcliffe1990Australia's Master Gardener: Paul Sorensen, Kenthurst

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1960363


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