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St John's Anglican Church
Scots Road, Hororata
Church Property Trustees
Sir John Hall, one of New Zealand's most important democratic reformers, had his principal home in Hororata. It is said that his attachment to his property there 'sustained his soul and governed his politics'. He was intimately involved with the rural community and disappointed when the first church, built in 1875, was too small for the needs of the community at that time. He was also disappointed that it could not be used by other denominations 'when not required by the Church of England'. Consequently, in his will, John Hall left money for a church to be built in memory of his wife, Rose Anne Hall. His wish was 'that the church ... shall be designed and built in a substantial and dignified style without unnecessary ornament'.
Designed by Cyril J Mountfort in the Gothic Revival style and completed in 1911, the stone church is built from basalt from the surrounding hills and lined in Oamaru limestone. For one hundred years the community has lovingly maintained this iconic church.
St John's Hororata has served the community well. It has been used for many purposes apart from those of a parish church – numerous musical concerts, drama productions, a mannequin parade have been held there.
Earthquake damage is considerable but the greater Hororata community is passionate that, for historical as well as architectural reasons, the building be restored and again become a cherished community facility.
Financial assistance is essential for this building.