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98 Pendarves Street 2017

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Cutfield Road 

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Alpha Flourmill Stones

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Ararata Hall - 1910

Taranaki Halls

N P Cenotaph

Taranaki War Memorials WWI and WWII


Rowe, Henry

Plymouth Company Settlers

Waitara Post Office

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Cutis' Building

Inglewood Buildings


 Ngaere Co-op Dairy Factory

Taranaki Dairy Factories



Whangamomona Road Tunnel #1 - Northern Portal

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1 Ngatoki Street 2017

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This home was constructed in 1885 for James Hart Senior, who purchased Section Y of Part Town Belt A in August 1882.

Hart was proprietor of the Windsor Castle Hotel for a number of years until mid-1885, when the licence was taken over by his son, James Hart Junior in June 1885. Hart Senior, upon leaving hotel proprietorship, started a fish/oyster/fruit shop in Brougham Street - this would later become the Taranaki Oyster Saloon.

Given hotel proprietors generally lived on the premises, upon leaving the Windsor Castle Hotel,

Belt Road Dairy 2017.

Belt Road Dairy 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

Now known as the Belt Road Dairy, this building was originally constructed in 1884 by William Rowse Tremain as his family residence; the front shop premises were added later in 1930.

We know a great deal about William's life and his personal finances during the period in which he owned the property, as he was subjected to bankruptcy proceedings in 1887, and was harshly criticised for living 'beyond his means'.

Uria Stream Tunnel 2018.

Te Henui Cemetery Entrance above Uria Stream Tunnel 2018

The tunnel runs below the inner Te Henui Cemetery entrance gates, with the large London Plane tree at the left of the image marking the eastern (downstream) tunnel entrance.

This little known stream tunnel was constructed in mid-1903 to replace a culvert that had been badly damaged by flooding. The tunnel is driven through clay, and carries the Uria Stream underneath Watson Street near the inner Te Henui Cemetery gates. 

The New Plymouth Borough

180B Omata Road 2017.

180B Omata Road 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa was probably designed and constructed by Charles Howard Moore in late 1902 or early 1903 as his family home.

Charles Moore purchased this part of Native Reserve 1, Grey District, in September 1902, and first appears as living in 'Blagdon' in the 1903 edition of Stone's Street Directory - his occupation at the time is listed as a joiner. The Moore's remained at the property until 1921, when the farm

Somerset Boarding House before removal of top floor.

Somerset Boarding House before removal of top floor

View prior to removal of top floor. Image from Te Moa : 100 years history of the Inglewood community, 1875-1975 - location of original photograph unknown

This building was constructed in 1893 for Mrs Weeks', and operated as the Somerset Boarding House - it was originally two-storied, with the top floor since removed.

The Weeks' had previously operated a boarding house on Devon Street in New Plymouth, and in early 1893 obtained the lease of Inglewood Town


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