Tuesday, February 27, 2018

All Saints Anglican Church, Edgecumbe


One of the things I love to photograph are churches, the older the better. On our way through Edgecumbe recently we stopped outside this one - the All Saints Anglican church.

This diocese of Waiapu was founded in 1858 and in 1859 the first Bishop was ordained named William Williams (how about that name). This diocese was first named after the river flowing under the sacred mountain of Hikirangi and has both Maori and Pakeha strands together since it began with Maori and their missionary evangelists.

Unfortunately in 2017 this area of the Bay of Plenty suffered catastrophic flooding due to Cyclone Debbie and the stopbank protecting the town from the Rangitaiki River burst on 6th April. Flooding hit the town and some of the houses were ruined, residents were evacuated and some were unable to return.  Luckily the church hasn't been affected.

12 comments:

  1. A little town church. We had one like this with a hall to one side. Used to do yoga there!

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  2. I have the same feeling about churches as you. They are appealing and inviting to photograph.

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  3. What a beautiful little church, glad it is unaffected by the flooding

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  4. Gosh that was lucky Amy. This lovely little church had divine protection ☺

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  5. Very interesting history of this area-- I'm glad the sweet church survived. We knew a man named Bill Williams and always wondered what his parents were thinking of, but at least he used the common nickname.. But much as I love the name Bill (since it is my husband's) it doesn't sound very Bishop-like, so I guess this man had to use the double William!

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  6. What a pretty little church and it was strong enough to survive the cyclone.

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  7. I live in the US...would love to see your beautiful country one day.

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  8. When I used to go on my Northland safaris with Pauline we used to visit all the churches. So it's good to see and learn a little about one in an eary which is off my travelled track.

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  9. That's a very pretty little church. It really is sad about the flooding. There have been so many natural disasters in recent years.

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  10. I like that many small towns here have little churches like this one.

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