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The ceremony of laying Hie foundation atone of the new parish church of St. Mary, Geraldine, was performed on Thursday lacr, by Hi« Lordship the Primate of New Zealand. The morning was beautifully fine, snd the ceremony passed oS tnoet succesffully. The ground wu gaily decorated with flags ar.d evergreen*, and the arrangements generally were perfect. At eleven o'clock, the appointed hour, & large concourse of people had aisembled, snd a procession, consisting of the Churchwardens (Dr Kißh and Mr R. S. Cook), the Ve«try (Messrs Shiers, Picrpoint, H. W. Mosre, Cunningbatn, Hawke, Slack, Finch, Willooghby and Hughes), the choir, and the clergy m the following order — Revs. R. Zi. Brady and .T. Cbaffere-Weleh, the Incumbent (Key. J. Prettjn), and the Bishop, attended by the Archdeacon of Timaru, who acted as hit chaplain, issued from the church. On arrivinc at the site tbe speoial service for the occasion was gone through, the Bishop officiating, and Miss Fish presiding at tbe harmonium. Before performing the ceremony of laving the stone, His Lordship gave a molt eloquent and instructive address on the significance of the act he was abont to perform, the necessity for the new edifice, and its uses. Lastly, h» exhorted his hearers never to forget that their own bodies were temples of God. A collection was then made and the proceeds laid on the stone, which was then lowered into position. Mr Dnval then came forward and presented the Bishop with a very handsome mallet and silver trowel. Tbe latter was richly chased, with an ivory handlr, and bore the following inscription s — " Presented to His Lordship the Bight Rev. Dr. Harper, Primate of New Zealand, on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of St. Mary's Church, Geraldino, by M. de H. Dnval, architect, and P. Clayton, builder. 23rd Nov., 1882." Mr Duval, m presenting the trowel, said — My Lord, — Allow me, as architect of this temple wbioh we are about to erect, as your Lordsnip has said, to the Most High, to present yon with this trowel, and may I be allowed to express the hope, on behalf of all present, thatycnr Lordship may be preserved m health and strength to perform at some future day the ceremony of the conteoration of this church. His Lordship acknowledged the gift m suitable terms, and with the assistance of the bnilder adjusted the stone. The service was then proceeded with and was terminated by His Lordship pronouncing the benediction. Altogether, the ceremony was of a most imposing character. Underneath the stone were placed a Church service, a copy of the speoial service used on the day, some coins, copies of the daily papers, and a parchment scroll, bearing the following inscription : — "The foundation atone of the now Pariah Church (m place of a wooden church built about 1864) was laid on Thursday, 23rd November, 188?, by the Moßt Rev. the Bishop of Ohristchurcb and Primate of New Zealand, and during the incumbency of the Rev. J. Preston, and m the presence of — ■ "here follow the names of tbe Churchwardens, Vestrymen and some parishioners. Then the following]] — Edward Cooper, Esq., late of Peel Foresr, contributed £500 towards the building of this Church." The collection amounted to upwards of £36. The following is a description of tbe building which v about to be erected : — The church is designed m what is known as the perpendicular Gothic style, and is cruciform m ground plan. . The main entrance is through a handsome porch, 16ft by 10ft, and 24 feet high to top of ridge, having a triple lancet window m centre, and Gothic doors on each side. The nave of the church is 66ft by 30ft, and 38 feet to ridge of roof. The chancel is 18ft wide and 26ft deep, finished m a semioctagonal shape. Tho organ chamber and vestry are of a similar shape, but 14ft by 16ft. At the back of these are likewise t*o neat little porches. Tbe main body of the church will be lighted by means of 16 lancet windows, eight on each side, and rose window, tbe chancel by means of three double, and the vestry and organ chamber each by three single lancet windows, all to be filled m with lead lights and green cathedral glass. The roof is an open truss roof of bold proportions, and ornamented, all executed m native timber, left unstained but simply varnished. The roof of the chancel and organ chamber will be groined. The whole body of the ohuroh will be lined up to five fret with a Gothio dado, ezecutod m kauri and picked rimu, the light and dark shades of the two timbers forming a pleasing contrast. Tbe chancel will be raised, and tbe altar table reached by five elope, the table standing three feet above the floor of tbe nave, thus giving tbe officiating olergjman a commanding view of the congregation. - A tower of 12ft cquare and 26ft high, is situated at the south-east corner of tho building, flanked on the four sides with strong ornamental buttresses finished m carved orookel*, and eaoh side of the tower pierced fcr double lancet louvres -and small rose window*. The tower is surmounted by a light ipire 36ft high, and this by a gilded foliated iron cross. Xne materials to be nsed are concrete foundations up to lft 6in above ground, the walls and buttreises Doing all m brick, stuccoed m Portland cement mortar, With bold sill and striog courses, arohivolts and truttes. The roof will be covered either with iron or slates, as may be hereafter deoided, and finished with an ornamental lead and cattiron ridging, the ends being decorated with castiron flnisls. Tbe planes of the main roof will be broken J on eaoh sido by four, gable louvres, with castiron ridging and flnials. Interiorly the vails will be' plastered and decorated ' with enriohed Obthio

oornicej, truises, archivolU, etoj tho Cktliio arobes of ohancel, vestry and o-gan chamber being executed m Eeeno's cement. Tbe estimated cott of tho whole ohurcb, not including seats, is about £2200. 'Ihe prerent contract, however, which includes only the entrance porch and nave, is £1120. The architect is Mr M. de H. Duval, and the contractor Mr P. Clayton, both of Timsru.

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NEW PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MARY, GERALDINE., Timaru Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 2553, 27 November 1882

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NEW PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MARY, GERALDINE. Timaru Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 2553, 27 November 1882

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