Te Kopuru, just out of Dargaville is one of those old kiwi towns filled with old villas and bungalows from when it was first settled in the mid 1800s. Last time we were up that way I got B to stop next to an old church I saw from the roadside. St Peter's Anglican Church is on the Heritage List and was built in 1902.
It has a square belfry tower with a pyramid shaped roof and a wooden cross on it's northern side. It was designed by priest/architect Henry Barnard Wingfield who came to NZ when he was a boy and settled in Dunedin with his family. He studied architecture before being ordained in 1897. In 1899 he was appointed the first vicar at Pokeno, South of Auckland and in 1904 he was appointed to St Alban's in Balmoral, Auckland where he served for 22 years. In 1926 he was appointed vicar this time to the Holy Trinity Church in Devonport, Auckland remaining there until his retirement in 1931.
He devoted his time to ecclesiastical architecture and has been credited with the design of St Mary's Church Pokeno, St Alban's Waingaro, St Bride's Otorohanga and St Peter's Te Kopuru.
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...you find the sweetest little churches!
A lovely church. Pokeno would have been in the back of beyond in 1899
A nice little church.
I totally agree with Tom!
What a lovey church!
That is what I'd call a picture-perfect little church.
Small country towns are wonderful to visit and Te Kopura didn't let you down Amy, what a treasure you found here. I wonder if it's still used by the townspeople?
Beautiful simplicity photo ~ Wonderful!
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It's a beauty.
What a beautiful, perfectly proportioned little church. I love that it is still maintained.
What a beautiful small church, it's rather cute.
It is a pretty church, great find! Take care, I wish you a happy day. Wishing you a great weekend!
That is a beautiful little church
what a pretty little church
A beautiful little church, and interesting history!
a typical small town church. We have some identical ones here but mostly Lutheran
I just love an old church out on the countryside. This one is so pretty. Great you got to capture it.
Beautiful little church. I love the background scenery too.
That is gorgeous!
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