Topic: St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Rangiora

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St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Rangiora

Almost from the beginning of Rangiora, Anglicans held services in private homes and hotels. In 1856 they built their multi-purpose chapel, school room, and community meeting hall in Victoria Street. In 1857 they began planning for a church befitting the reverence of their worship.

A building committee was elected in January 1859 and plans were prepared by B W Mountford and I Luck. Local contributions supplemented by a grant by the Canterbury Provincial Council enabled building to start on June 29 on land donated by Ingram Shrimpton. The site stood in splendid isolation, with a backdrop of flax and cabbage trees, at what is now the corner of High and Church Streets. The church was built by Mr J Barker.

The church was consecrated by Bishop Harper and the Reverend B W Dudley installed as a vicar on April 25, 1860, a position he filled for 27 years. The Anglican congregation grew quickly and the church was enlarged in 1864. Subsequently the church went through several enlargements and modifications to reach its present form in 1882.

The building has an Historic Places Trust Category II.



Extract from: "Rangiora - An early pictorial record"




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