St Matthew’s Angli­can Church Wind­sor

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History -

The Glebe at Wind­sor is land set aside and owned by the Church of Eng­land un­der Gover­nor Lach­lan Mac­quarie’s in­struc­tions at the south­ern end of the set­tle­ment. There are a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing build­ings on the Glebe. The main fo­cus is the Church of St Matthew’s which was de­signed by Fran­cis Green­way in 1817. Soon af­ter con­struc­tion had com­menced Green­way had an ar­gu­ment with the builder that the bricks and mor­tar were of poor qual­ity and de­manded they be torn down. These bricks were sold to Richard Fitzger­ald, a pub­li­can who used them to build a wall fronting onto Thomp­son’s Square. The wall still stands in 2008 as solid as the day it was erected 190 years ago.

The Rec­tory, de­signed in the style of Green­way, is a hand­some two storey build­ing fea­tur­ing in­ter­nal shut­ters on the win­dows which were con­sid­ered nec­es­sary pro­tec­tion should there be armed con­flicts in the colony. Wil­liam Cox, fa­mously known as the man who built the road across the Blue Moun­tains, built the Rec­tory and the Sta­bles. Pas­toral work by the clergy ne­ces­si­tated they ride their horses through­out the dis­trict and it was vi­tal that the horses be suit­ably housed. The sta­bles were an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the Angli­can Church com­plex. Restora­tion work has been un­der­taken to en­sure the build­ing is re­tained. A close ex­am­i­na­tion re­veals the colo­nial brick and wood­work and the way ev­ery­day use of the build­ing was car­ried out. St Matthew’s Church, as­so­ci­ated ceme­tery, sta­bles and rec­tory built be­tween 1817 and 1826, are a won­der­ful re­minder of the ded­i­ca­tion and skill of the pioneers of the dis­trict.

Trevor Pa­trick is a lo­cal his­to­rian of the north-west of Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. His lat­est book, In Search of the Pen­nant Hills, re­counts some of these sto­ries (and oth­ers) in more de­tail.

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