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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has light surface rubbing, and a few thin light line indentations. There is light age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover and to the first and last page. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 186x250mm.
Pages: 208
Publisher: Vicar, Churchwardens and Vestry, St Andrews’s Parish
Publication date: 1996


Spire on the Hill
By Rory Sweetman

Contains numerous photos throughout.

A History of St Andrews’s Church in the Epsom District

Although well endowed in beauty and history, St Andrew's Church Epsom is not rich in historical records. Unlike its near neighbours St Peter's Onehunga and St Mark's Remuera, almost none of the early parish records have survived the toll of time. Much the same can be said of the Epsom district.

The story of St Andrew's in the Epsom community has had to be reconstructed from the surviving fragmentary sources. Much re mains shrouded in mystery, but it is clear how closely the church touched Epsom life. The first church-school, erected in 1846, was the second place of worship (after Old St Paul's) in the infant settlement of Auckland. Its replacement, the inspiration of John Kinder in 1867, survives in spirit today, though much altered in form. Happily, recurrent calls to demolish the building and replace it with a brick edifice were not heeded. The church grew with the district, successive enlargements in 1896, 1914 and 1926 keeping pace with a rising population. What remains is a pearl beyond price, a direct link with New Zealand's first Anglican Bishop, George Augustus Selwyn.


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