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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

The New Plymouth Circuit Of The Primitive Methodist Church

The New Plymouth Circuit Of The Primitive Methodist Church was founded in the year 1844. The principal church of the circuit is situated in Queen Street, and was opened free of debt in September, 1904. It stands on a section of a quarter of an acre, and is a fine building of wood and iron, on concrete foundations. It has also a handsome spire, and a flight of steps lead up to the entrance doors. The interior of the church is beautifully finished. There is an organ loft, and seats are provided for 400 persons. The New Plymouth circuit also owns two acres of land in Devon Street, where the parsonage and other residences stand. A wooden church was erected in 1905 at Kent road, and has accommodation for 100 persons. The church at Bell Block was put up in the year 1850, and will seat 100 persons, and
Primitive Methodist Church. Collis, photo.

Primitive Methodist Church. Collis, photo.

page 74 another at Omata, erected in the fifties, will seat eighty persons. Both these churches were used by the early settlers as block-houses during the native troubles, and still bear the marks of bullets. Regular services are also held at Inglewood, Egmont Village, Mongorei and Fitzroy.