With the original portion built between 1845 and 1846, St Mary's is one of the earliest stone churches in New Zealand. Although it has been very considerably enlarged and modified, the various sections blend into a harmonious whole. The original church was a simple design by Frederick Thatcher, approximately 15m by 9m, with an open Rimu roof. The steeply pitched roof, lanced windows, plain rubble walls and exposed timber beams reflect Selwyn's principals of Gothic Revival architecture.
Between 1859 and 1862 the nave was lengthened and a porch added. Two years later an aisle, designed by George Robinson, the chief builder of the original part of the church, was added. In 1893 further enlargements were made to the chancel, sanctuary, apse and organ chamber by Benjamin Mountfort, a leading ecclesiastical architect. Finally, in 1915 All Saints side chapel was added and the northern transept enlarged.
The adjoining cemetery contains the graves of William Bolland, who opened the church, the Rev Henry Govett the second vicar, Captain H King, a prominent early settler and other notable historic figures.
St Mary's Church is a fine building in an attractive setting of mature trees and spacious grounds making a noteworthy contribution to the city's townscape.
The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St. Mary has been re-imagined with virtual reality technology to bring a new, life-like experience to the viewers. See here.
GOTHERE is a community project of the Mimoza Company. The project uses virtual reality technology to re-create 3D space for historical and cultural works of Vietnam. Learn more about the project here.