8 Gibson Street, Aramoho
St Laurence’s Church is no longer in use by the Anglican parish but is used by a Fijian Wesleyan congregation on Sundays.
The site also boasts a substantial hall which is available for hire. Please contact the Parish office for details.
St Laurence’s Op Shop, Gibson St, Aramoho
We are open every Friday during term time from 9am to 12.30pm
Donations of goods is always appreciated (No large furniture please)
Proceeds go back into Church funds.
Contact person Jean Watson (06) 345 7187
The church of St Laurence was built and dedicated in 1895. In 1901 the church was completed to the original plan, with the addition of two vestries in the form of transepts, a chancel and a spire, complementing the original nave. The church is designed in the Carpenter Gothic style, with steeply pitched roofs, simple lancet shaped windows and a fleche over the crossing. The church’s designer was civil engineer, John Tiffin Stewart, who is widely recognised as a senior surveyor throughout the Lower North Island in the latter 1800s. His work included laying out and completing the Manawatu Gorge Road (a task believed at the time to have been impossible). The contractor who built the church, Swiss-born Nicholas Meuli,also built the Wanganui Municipal Opera House (now Royal Wanganui Opera House).
A full description of the church and of the early history of the parish can be found at St Laurences Heritage.