St John the Baptist (Waitara) St Andrew's Church (Stratford)  St John the Evangelist St Mark's Church (Lepperton) Opunake Methodist Church Purangi Church - 1973 St Barnabas' Church St Andrew's Church (Opunake) c1917 The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary  

                        Rahotu Methodist Church c1950s  St Stephen's Church  St Joseph's Catholic Church of Waitara   St Aubyn Methodist Church Knox Church/Lifegate Apostolic (Inglewood)  Gospel Hall (Stratford) Church of the Immaculate Conception St Philomena's Church Whiteley Memorial Methodist Church

                                            Taranaki Churches .

This basket provides information and images of the many churches that are found in Taranaki. While some have remained unchanged for many years, others have been significantlly altered. There are also those that have been moved onto new sites or in some cases demolished.

For any further information please contact staff at the Taranaki Research Centre in Puke Arki.

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Douglas Church.

Douglas Church 

This small church in the settlement of Douglas, east of Stratford, was opened on 23 January 1916. The opening service was conducted by the Rev. A.B. Chappell from New Plymouth. 

It was located opposite the school on land donated by Mr John Rae. The church cost £127 and was built to seat 100 people.

Methodist services ceased in 1956 and in later years it was used by Presbyterians and Anglicans as part of the East Taranaki Co-operating Parish circuit. 

The final service was held in October 1980.

Primitive Methodist Church 1904.

Primitive Methodist Church 1904

                                                          Courtesy of Te Papa collection (B.027990)

This English Gothic-style church on Queen Street was erected in 1904 for the Primitive Methodists. It was designed by well-known New Plymouth architect, Frank Messenger.

This was the second church built on the site, replacing one built in 1862. The estimated cost was £1800 and the contractor was

St Andrew's Church, Waverley.

St Andrew's Church, Waverley

Presbyterianism had a strong following in the early days of Waverley and the foundation stone for St Andrew's Church was laid by the Hon. William Fox on 7 June 1877. 

St Andrew's was designed by the notable Wellington architect Mr Thomas Turnbull (General Assembly Library, St Peter's Church in Willis Street) and built by Jones & Peachey (Whanganui) at a cost of £750.10.6. The church was opened on 16 December 1877.

Additions (two wings) were completed in 1893 and in 1911 a Sunday School Hall was erected

Church of the Good Shepherd (Waverley).

Church of the Good Shepherd (Waverley) 

This co-operating parish church in Waverley was built in 1981 to accommodate both the local Presbyterian and Anglican congregations. 

Combined services had been regular since the mid-1970s.In 1980 it was decided that it would be more practical to demolish both the existing churches and re-build on the Presbyterian's Weraroa Road site. The parish halls from both churches were amalgamated into the design of the new church complex.

It was designed by Eales Company (Whanganui) and the contractor was Mr I.A. Ross of Hawera.

St. Stephen's Church (Waverley).

St. Stephen's Church (Waverley)

This Anglican church on Weraroa Road in Waverley was erected in 1880. The contractor was  Mr Porter of Whanganui and it seems likely the architect was Mr G.F. Allen, also from Whanganui.  

Two years prior to this a building fund had been set up by the Rev. Alex Dasent. A busy year of fundraising saw the fund grow to £104 and work began on the church in late 1879. The opening service was conducted on 15 August 1880 by the Rev. Dasent. 

The church was opened when unfinished and it was not until the mid-1890s that

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