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Box Hill Inn

Item details

Name of item: Box Hill Inn
Other name/s: Mogul Stud, Rummery Homestead, Coach House Inn, Bee Hive Inn
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Inn/Tavern
Location: Lat: -33.6597494593 Long: 150.8859274860
Primary address: Windsor Road, Box Hill, NSW 2765
Parish: Nelson
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: The Hills
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT11 DP1009338
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Windsor RoadBox HillThe HillsNelsonCumberlandPrimary Address
Terry RoadBox HillThe HillsSt MatthewCumberlandAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Mogul Stud Pty LtdPrivate24 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

The former Box Hill Inn or the Rummery Homestead is considered to be an item of the state's environmental heritage because of its:

historical value - it was built in 1825 and as such is a rarity in New South Wales. It is one of the earliest roadside inns and one of the few still remaining on the route between Parramatta and Windsor;

cultural significance - the inn is a reminder of how distance played a significant role in the settlement of the state;

architectural significance - the inn is an example of a vernacular building whose use changed as demand required.
(Heritage Council report, 27/6/1989).
Date significance updated: 04 May 07
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Physical description: Two storey brick inn with a two roomed attic reached by a narrow Georgian stairway in the rear room. It is said to have been built in 1825. (National Trust of NSW). The front veranda has octagonal timber posts with beaded-edge wide timber ceiling linings. There are two front doors, one of six panels with a four-pane fanlight over and the other of eight panels and no fanlight. Windows are 12-paned with solid timber shutters. The front wall is stuccoed and tuck pointed to represent Flemish bond brickwork.

Internally there are 6 panel and vertically boarded doors. Architraves have been removed, but one mantelpiece remains on site. Walls and ceilings are of plaster. The ceilings are a lime and mud mortar pressed into laths. There is a cellar under one room at the end and a separate brick kitchen wing that appear to have been built in the late Victorian or Federation periods. A timber-framed gabled roof with detailing typical of the early twentieth century links the two brick structures The gable roof is clad with corrugated steel. The end wall has been demolished and a new footing poured. The rebuilding of this wall was stopped by Baulkham Hills Shire Council who required a development application and concurrence of the NSW Heritage Council (Heritage Council report, 27/6/1989).

Neat little early cottage, from c.1830, with the roof line sweeping down to a low profile over the front veranda (Proudfoot, 1987, 124). several fruit trees remain - quince, citrus. A timber-framed shed stands to the rear in poor condition. Three wells lie to the rear and north of the house, two of them are unusually wide.

Much of the Georgian character still remains with the Coach House at the rear.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
General condition is fair (6/1989).
Date condition updated:04 May 07
Modifications and dates: Unsympathetic alterations carried out some years ago, but would be easy to restore the facade (c.1989).

The eastern end wall has been demolished and a new reinforced concrete footing poured. The rebuilding of this wall was stopped by Baulkham Hills Shire Council who required a development application and concurrence of the NSW Heritage Council (Heritage Council report, 27/6/1989). Owners propose restoration, with reconstruction of eastern wall on new footings as it was in danger of imminent collapse. Original bricks and a reproduction of the original windows are to be used. As a second stage the owners propose to renovate the roof as it is in very poor condition. (1989 Branch work sheet).


Historical notes: Two-storey brick inn with a two-roomed attic reached by a narrow Georgian stairway in the rear room. It is said to have been built in 1825 by the Rummery family who were orchardists in Riverstone as the Coach House Inn. (National Trust of NSW).

It was first licensed as the Box Hill Inn in 1842, and later changed to the Bee Hive Inn, 1848. Licenses were held by pioneers such as Joseph Suffolk, John Foley, Robert Smith and John Barnett. (Heritage Council report, 27/6/1989).

Has remained vacant for many years (1989 branch work sheet).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services Innkeeping-

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 Register 0072402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0072405 Oct 90 1238933
Local Environmental PlanRummery Homestead/former Box Hill Inn 01 Sep 89   
Local Environmental Plan  01 Mar 91   
National Trust of Australia register      

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Study of the North West Sector of Sydney1984 Howard Tanner & Associates; with Max Kelly; Ian Stapleton; Elizabeth  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenProudfoot, Helen1987Exploring Sydney's West

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045741
File number: S90/03558 & HC 89 1207

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