Williams Memorial Church of St Paul (Anglican)

36 Marsden Road, Paihia

  • Williams Memorial Church of St Paul (Anglican).
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Stuart Park.
  • Williams Memorial Church of St Paul (Anglican).
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Stuart Park.
  • Williams Memorial Church of St Paul (Anglican).
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Stuart Park.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 3824 Date Entered 27th June 1985

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Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Lot 8 Blk I DP 1217 (CT NA397/50) North Auckland Land District and the building and structures known as Williams Memorial Church of St Paul including churchyard and grave monuments and markers (Anglican), thereon.

Registration covers the church, its fixtures and finishes. It also includes recent modifications as well as the churchyard and all associated structures, such as fences, gravestones, markers and other memorials. The church and churchyard are associated with extensive archaeological deposits, including burials and the potential remains of earlier, nineteenth-century churches.

City/District Council

Far North District

Region

Northland Region

Legal description

Lot 8 Blk I DP 1217 (CT NA397/50) North Auckland Land District

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This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Consecrated in 1926 by Archbishop Averill this is the fourth church on this site. It was designed by Auckland architectural firm Jones and Palmer. The stone masonry was by Liddles of Auckland.

This church features massive walls of blue stone, quarried locally with contrasting brick ornamentation around arched doors and windows. The roof is slated while above the main entrance there is a lead-capped spiral.

The church commemorates the famous missionary Henry Williams. The hand organ, the second oldest in New Zealand, once belonged to Archdeacon Henry Williams. In the adjoining graveyard dating from about 1826 several important people in European history lie buried.

St Paul's Paihia is a magnificent church in an attractive setting and its association with the important historical figure of Henry Williams makes it one of New Zealand's most notable churches.

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Jones & Palmer

The Auckland-based partnership of Gerald Edgar Jones and Arthur J. Palmer was established soon after the end of World War I, and lasted until the early 1930s. Before their collaboration, Jones had been apprenticed to the Auckland architect Edward Bartley and worked in his own practice from 1906, while Palmer had been employed in the office of Sir Aston Webb in London. The two men took up adjoining offices in the Victoria Arcade after Jones returned from the war, 'drifting into a partnership' as Palmer later recalled. As the son of an engineer, Jones excelled in draughting, while Palmer drew up the specifications.

Palmer had been born on Norfolk Island into a missionary family and through these connections he obtained a number of ecclesiastical, and related commissions. These included the conversion of the 1840s Melanesian Mission building at Mission Bay into a museum, as well as the construction of the City Mission in Grey's Avenue, Auckland and the Williams Memorial Church in Paihia. He was also responsible for Mt Roskill Fire Station and several residences.

Jones helped with the design of several of these buildings and also worked on projects on his own account, including four houses in Victoria Avenue, Auckland. The partnership foundered during the Depression, after which Jones took up employment with the Ministry of Works.

Liddle & Sons

No biography is currently available for this construction professional

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Notable Features

Registration covers the church, its fixtures and finishes. It also includes recent modifications as well as the churchyard and all associated structures, such as fences, gravestones, markers and other memorials. The church and churchyard are associated with extensive archaeological deposits, including burials and the potential remains of earlier, nineteenth-century churches.

Construction Dates

Other
1826 - 1828
Site of first church and creation of churchyard

Other
1855 - 1856
Site of second church

Other
1873 - 1874
Site of third church

Original Construction
1925 - 1926
Foundation stone laid 17 March 1925.

Completion Date

12th July 2002

Report Written By

Martin Jones

Information Sources

Auckland Star

Auckland Star

'Williams Memorial Church; Foundation Stone Laid', 18 March 1925, p. 4

Auckland Weekly News

Auckland Weekly News

29 October 1925, p.25

Boese, 1977

Kay Boese, 'Tides of History: Bay of Islands County', Whangarei, 1977

pp.3-20.

Evening Post

Evening Post

'Architecture Today', 2 December 1926, p. 5

Pickmere, 2000

Nancy Pickmere, The Story of Paihia, Kerikeri, 2000

Reynolds, 1990

David Reynolds, 'Proposal to Erect a Church Hall in the Burial Ground, Church of St John the Apostle', NZHPT Auckland Regional Office Report, Auckland, 1990 (held by NZHPT, Auckland)

Ross, 1967 (4)

R. M. Ross, 'Church (Anglican), Taumarere', unpublished ms., Auckland, 1967 (held by NZHPT, Auckland)

Thomson, 1988

William Thomson, 'The Historic Churchyard Cemetery of the Williams Memorial Church of St Paul, Paihia', NZHPT Northland Regional Committee Report, Opua, 1988 (held by NZHPT, Auckland)

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.