Church of the Good Shepherd, Christchurch

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Church of the Good Shepherd
Church of the Good Shepherd in March 2011
43°32′13″S 172°39′18″E / 43.5370°S 172.6551°E / -43.5370; 172.6551Coordinates: 43°32′13″S 172°39′18″E / 43.5370°S 172.6551°E / -43.5370; 172.6551
Location Phillipstown, Christchurch
Country New Zealand
Denomination Anglican
Consecrated 31 May 1885
Heritage designation Category I
Designated 2 April 1985
Architect(s) Benjamin Mountfort
Architectural type Gothic Revival style
Completed 1885
Demolished 2011

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Phillipstown, Christchurch, New Zealand was the oldest and last surviving brick church designed by architect Benjamin Mountfort (1825–1898). It was registered as a "Historic Place – Category I" by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.


The Church of the Good Shepherd in Phillipstown, Christchurch, after the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake
Church of the Good Shepherd after demolition

The vicar of Phillipstown, Rev Hannibal James Congdon Gilbert, teamed up with an accountant (James Bowlker) and a storeman (Lewis Aylwin Carrell) to purchase the land for the church for £380 in September 1881. They onsold the Church Property Trustees for a nominal ten shillings in March 1883.[1] The church, constructed in 1885, was designed in the Gothic Revival style with red brick with contrasting bands of stone, reflecting contemporary English architectural style[2] A similarly detailed but larger church, St Johns Cathedral, was designed by Mountfort and built in Napier between 1886 and 1888.[1] This was destroyed by the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and thus left the Church of the Good Shepherd as Mounfort's only surviving brick church.[1]

Mountfort's son Cyril oversaw the extension of the church in 1906/07.[1]

During an earthquake in September 2010, the church suffered slight damage to its gables.[3] Later that month, the church suffered significant damage to its interior due to vandalism.[3] Major structural damage was caused the following February during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. It was added to the list of demolitions by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority later that year and has since been demolished.[4]

Heritage listing[edit]

On 2 April 1985, the church was registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I historic place, with the registration number being 1855. It was significant as it was Mountfort's only surviving brick church.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Church of the Good Shepherd" (PDF). The architectural heritage of Christchurch (Christchurch City Council Town Planning Division). Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Church of the Good Shepherd (Anglican)". The Register. New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Gates, Charlie (22 September 2010). "Church hit by vandals". The Press. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Church and Vicarage". CERA. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2012.