Lots of Working Going On!

Lots of Working Going On!
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August 6, 2013, Christchurch New Zealand. When I was walking past this Church, ‘Church of St Michael and All Angels’, I noticed the door was open. So thought I would have a look in. They were doing the earthquake repairs so I took a quick look around.

The Church of St Michael and All Angels is an Anglican church in Christchurch, New Zealand. The church building at 84 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.

The structure stands on the site of the first church built by the Canterbury Association settlers in 1851. St Michael & All Angels served as the pro-cathedral until the completion of ChristChurch Cathedral in 1881.

The architect was William Fitzjohn Crisp (1846–1924). He had came out from England in 1864 as the pupil of Robert Speechly who had been appointed by George Gilbert Scott to supervise the building of the Christ Church Cathedral. The cornerstone of the church was laid in a ceremony on the Feast of St Michael & All Angels, 29 September 1870. However, problems with the construction of the building led to Crisp returning to Britain in 1871 and Frederick Strouts (1834–1919) was appointed as supervising architect in June of that year.

The church was opened on 2 May 1872. Because of a lack of money the chancel was not completed until 1875, and the planned bell tower and spire were never constructed. The church is constructed mostly of mataī timber on rubble stone foundations. It is one of the largest timber Gothic Revival churches in the Southern Hemisphere. The only alteration to the church structure has been the removal of a tie-beam and secondary arch to give a better view of the east window in 1896.

The belfry is a survival of the previous church building. It was designed by Benjamin Mountfort and constructed in 1861. The bell it houses was brought out with the First Four Ships in 1850 and was rung every hour of daylight to indicate time to the first settlers.

Alfred Averill came to New Zealand in 1894 to be vicar of St Michael and All Angels and rose to be Archbishop of New Zealand.

The wooden building survived three major earthquakes in 2010/11 almost unscathed and is the only Anglican church that remained in use in the central city. The plans had been drawn with regard to the threat of tremors. At a meeting of parishioners held on 14 December 1869, the general concept for the new church was agreed on, including the building material: "Owing to the late severe shocks of earthquake the vestry came to the conclusion that it would be useless to attempt building any part of stone. Therefore it was decided that wood should be the material."The earthquake referred to was the one that hit Christchurch on 5 June 1869, with Julius von Haast giving some scientific commentary. St John’s Church in Hereford Street, the first Anglican church in Christchurch built of permanent materials in 1864–1865, was damaged in that earthquake. The earthquake, centred under Addington or Spreydon, had an estimated magnitude of 5 and a ground shaking intensity of MMI 7.

In March 2011, a Lenten service at St Michael's and All Angels Church was attended by Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, and Kevin Rudd, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs. As part of the service, Rudd lit a candle in memory of those who died in the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

The original 1872 Bevington pipe organ was damaged in the 22 February earthquake and was subsequently removed for repairs. The church is fund-raising to help meet the NZ0,000 organ restoration cost.The temporary replacement is an organ built from parts of instruments damaged during World War II bombing raids on Britain.
For More Info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Michael_and_All_Angels…

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