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Christ Church Anglican Church

Item details

Name of item: Christ Church Anglican Church
Other name/s: Christ Church of England, Springwood
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Location: Lat: -33.6995149286 Long: 150.5562387180
Primary address: 345-347 Great Western Highway, Springwood, NSW 2777
Parish: Coomassie
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP123552
LOT1 DP28933
LOT11 DP28933
LOT1 DP724139
LOT1 DP9200
LOT1 DP938012
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
345-347 Great Western HighwaySpringwoodBlue Mountains CoomassieCookPrimary Address
Charles RoadSpringwoodBlue Mountains CoomassieCookAlternate Address
GREAT WESTERN HighwaySpringwoodBlue Mountains CoomassieCookDuplicate Address
Charles RoadSpringwoodBlue Mountains   Duplicate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Springwood Anglican ParishReligious Organisation23 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

Christ Church Springwood is a fine example of a Victorian Academic Gothic style church featuring high quality sandstone detailing. Extensions to the church to create the chancel, north transept and tower are in keeping with Sulman's original design. The interior of the church has an unusually peaceful atmosphere created by the use of pale sandstone and stained timber and restrained detailing.

The church is a significant landmark on the Great Western Highway.

Christ Church has high local significance as the principal centre for Anglicanism in the lower Blue Mountains for over 110 years. The growth of the church and its adjacent complex over a century has been significant evidence of the social role Christ Church has continued to play for the local Anglican community. The major pieces of church furniture are highly significant memorials to the leading players in the creation of the building in the Victorian period.

Christ Church Springwood is built to the design of John Sulman, a significant architect of the late 19th and early 20th century. Sulman was also a renowned educator and was responsible for the Sulman Medal, the highest award for architectural design in NSW. (LEP 1993)
Date significance updated: 15 Dec 05
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Designer/Maker: Sir John Sulman
Construction years: 1888-1889
Physical description: The building is a fine sandstone church with a simple but sensitively designed interior. It forms part of a group of buildings which includes a separate dwelling, "Southall" to the west of the property and a fine stand of trees between the two. The roof is slate and the sandstone is local.

It is a fine example of a Victorian Academic Gothic style church with high quality sandstone detailing and a prominent slate pitched roof to the main body of the church and the tower (Christo Aitken, grant application letter, 11/2010).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Sections of the slate roof require careful removal and rehanging, as the nails holding the slates have corroded and need replacement. The tower roof, valleys, ridges and loose slates are the most urgent. A recent Insurance Inspection report gave the church an excellent report (2011 grant application)
Date condition updated:05 Jan 11
Modifications and dates: 1961 added the eastern transept, according to the original plans
1980s additions and alterations (Robert Staas, funding application letter, 11/2010).
2010 $9000 currently being spent on replacing wiring in the church. A few damaged roof tiles were repaired (supporting nails have corroded/need replacement (grant application)
Current use: church
Former use: church


Historical notes: The church was designed by Sir John Sulman, a noted architect, who worked in Australia from 1885 and who had a nearby holiday residence in Lawson (Robert Staas, funding application letter, 11/2010).). The major part of his practice was in commercial, institutional and ecclesiastical areas and he was responsible for more than 90 churches in England prior to his migration to New South Wales.

It was built from 1888-9. The main slate roof is an important part of the aesthetic quality of the building and together with the prominent tower has high visibility from the Great Western Highway (ibid).

Sulman's original conception as seen from his drawings, was never completed. This included a western and eastern transept at the rear of the church and a massive crowning tower between the two.

In 1961 the church added the eastern transept, according to the original plans. This was erected in stone with considerable sensitivity.

The growth of the church and its adjacent complex over a century has been significant evidence of the social role Christchurch has continued to play in the local Anglican community (Christo Aitken, grant application letter, 11/2010).

Additions and alterations to the place were made in the 1980s (Robert Staas, funding application letter, 11/2010).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Developing suburbia-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Creating landmark structures and places in regional settings-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Practising Anglicanism-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage RegisterChrist Church Anglican Church0013002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0013015 May 81 692657
Local Environmental PlanChrist Church Anglican Church199128 May 93   
National Trust of Australia register Christ Church & Group4945, 4950   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenLambert, The Rev. Laurence T.1989'A history of Christ Church, Springwood - to mark the centenary of the church'

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045251
File number: S90/06053 & HC 32237

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