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The Top 5 Churches of Armidale

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by Stacey Canavan-Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 31 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
Published June 18th 2014
Stained Windows of History
St Paul's Presbyterian Church
Armidale is a small country town located in New England, New South Wales. It is situated between Sydney and Brisbane and only has a population of 21 000 residents. It is often called the city of churches because the town has 13 churches for its small population. When travelling to Armidale make the time to take a walk around town to see the many churches that grace the area. When visiting Armidale take the time to visit the top five churches of the area, St Peters Anglican Cathedral, St Marys and St Joseph's Catholic Cathedral, The Armidale Uniting Church and The Armidale Community Church.

1) St Peters Anglican Cathedral
The Cathedral located on the corner of Rusden Street and Dangar Street was built in 1873 and opened in 1875. The architect was John Horbury who designed many public buildings and houses in the New England area. It was built using a brick called 'Armidale Blue' which is made from clay. It was the first Anglican church built in Armidale. It was represented on Beardy Street with a Celtic cross. This church offers services every Sunday and Wednesday.

St Paul's Presbyterian Church
2) St Marys and St Joseph's Catholic Cathedral
The cathedral located at 132 Dangar Street is built in brick with high pillars and large arched windows. The inside walls are covered in stained glass images that light up the room. The grounds of the church are covered in beautiful plants and high green trees.

[B]3) St Paul's Presbyterian Church
This church is located on Faulkner Street, just is an eight minute walk from Beardy Street, a main street in Armidale. This is a late nineteenth century Gothic-style building. It was built in 1882-83 by Lonsdale and Elliot, Its constructed in dark brick with stained windows at the front. The inside features a high ceiling and private room dedicated to the history of the church containing documents, pictures and art. This church is part of 'The Armidale Heritage Tour'.

St Peters Church Celtic Cross
4) Armidale Uniting Church
This church is located at 114 Rusden St. Armidale and open 10am - noon Monday to Friday. The church now Wesley Hall was built in 1864. This church is fortunate enough to possess a heritage organ. The Organ has been installed in many different parts of Australia over the past 155 years. A music group who prepare choral music for church services are privileged to have the organ in their church.

5) The Armidale Community Church
This church is located on Markham Street Armidale. Its based at the heart of the New England region. They offer a morning and evening service everyday. They also offer a fortnightly service of Walcha. This church is open 9am-12am Monday to Friday.

When travelling to Armidale stop off at the Armidale Information Centre and grab a copy of their walking tour through town. It takes you on a journey through history highlighting all the places of interest including the churches.
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Why? A trip down history lane
When: Visiting hours everyday
Where: Rusden Street, Dangar Street, Faulkner Street and Markham Street, Armidale
Cost: Free
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