The Glebe

1 Fry Street And Boulcott Street, Lower Hutt

  • The Glebe, Lower Hutt. Image courtesy of Ray White Lower Hutt.
    Copyright: . Taken By: D Laing & L Hemson. Date: 1/04/2016.
  • The Glebe, Lower Hutt. Image courtesy of Ray White Lower Hutt.
    Copyright: . Taken By: D Laing & L Hemson. Date: 1/04/2016.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 4144 Date Entered 25th September 1986


Extent of List Entry

Registration includes the house, its fittings and fixtures and the land depicted in DP 12554 (which is within Lot 2 DP 91194 Wellington Land District) thereon.

City/District Council

Hutt City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 2 DP 91194 (CT WN59A/417), Wellington Land District


The Glebe is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the Wellington region and is the first purpose-built vicarage built in the Hutt Valley. The house was constructed in 1856 to the designs of William Corbett, Church Warden for the Naenae District, on land that had been given by Edward Gibbon Wakefield to the Anglican Church in the previous year. William and Joseph Hall built the house and its first occupant was the Reverend T. B. Hutton, son-in-law of Archdeacon Henry Williams and vicar of St James. In 1899, following the construction of a new vicarage, the house was sold to Frederick de Jersey Clere, a prominent Wellington architect, and Diocesan architect of the Anglican Church. Clere renamed the house 'The Glebe', an old English term for land owned by the church. Clere made alterations to the building including the addition of the south gabled wing in 1902. The house was sold in 1920 to D. W. Driscoll, who owned the house until his death in 1943. The house became the property of his wife who held it until 1967. The Driscolls lifted the roof to make more room in the attic. In addition, a large part of the close (grounds) was taken for roading purposes. In 1967 the Glebe was sold to E. J. Harper who divided the house into flats. The building was returned to a single dwelling in 1986.

The Glebe is a two-storeyed timber-frame weatherboard building with gabled roof (originally shingled). The original style was a simple Victorian cottage and most of the additions have been in sympathy with this. Plain bargeboards are attached to the gable ends. Window-hoods supported on brackets have been added, also a much later porte cochere at the southern end. It originally had an exterior staircase but it is not known when this was removed.

The Glebe has rarity value as it is one of Wellington's oldest houses, and the first purpose-built vicarage in the Hutt Valley. Its historic significance is derived principally from its association with the Anglican Church, firstly as a vicarage for the parish of St James, and, secondly, as the house of the Diocesan architect, Frederick de Jersey Clere. Clere is regarded as one of Wellington's greatest architects, and was responsible for the design of hundreds of churches, houses, and buildings throughout the Wellington region.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1856 -

Removal of outside staircase

1902 -
Addition of the south gabled wing

1904 -
Addition of a room

Roof lifted like a lean-to to make more use of attic space

House subdivided for flats

1986 -
Restored removed and restored to plan of house c. 1900-1904

1995 -
Porte cochere added

Completion Date

16th August 2001

Report Written By

Helen McCracken

Information Sources

Alexander Turnbull Library

Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

Frederick de Jersey Clere Papers, MS-Papers-0668-1

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.