Topic: Clare Homestead, 229 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block (circa 1860s)

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229 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block 2017

Little is currently known about the history of this cottage, although it was probably constructed in the mid-1860s for Thomas Clare following the conclusion of the Taranaki Wars. There has been some suggestion that the cottage may be pre-1860, although this seems unlikley given Charles Clare's original two-storey home (probably on this section) was destroyed in 1860.

The original portion is the eastern section, mainly clad in plain weatherboard, but with some vertical board and batten cladding at the rear. The plain weatherboard cladding is likely original, and given the width of the boards, they are probably Kauri. This section also retains some of its original twelve-light double-hung sash windows (in various states of repair).

Sections 3 and 4 Bell District were granted to Charles Clare in the 1850s. Charles Clare was living at Bell Block in the 1850s where he constructed a two-storied home - it appears this was destroyed in 1860 (reported  in TH).

Charles Clare died in 1864, and the sections passed to his son Thomas Clare, who appears to have lived there until at least the 1880s. 

The home is currently in poor condition, and the large property has recently been subdivided - the future of the original home remains unclear.

See: Taranaki Land Deeds Index I2, pages 358 and 360

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Clare Homestead, 229 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block (circa 1860s)

City:New Plymouth