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St Andrews Westbury
Westbury
Midlands Region
Old church of Westbury
Westbury
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Old Sunday School
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War memorial of Westbury
Westbury
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Old inn of Westbury
Westbury
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RSL House Westbury
Westbury
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Old shop in Westbury
Westbury
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Community Centre of Westbury
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Morris dancers at Westbury
Westbury
Midlands Region

WESTBURY, Hagley & Exton

WESTBURY is a picturesque, historic town in central northern Tasmania, south west of Launceston. It has the Village Green, which is a whole historic precinct, plus Steam World, the Westbury Maze, the Tractor Museum, plus some facilities and accommodation. It is also close to many other attractions.

From Westbury you are only 10 minutes from the other historic towns of DELORAINE and CARRICK. You are just 15 minutes from LONGFORD. DEVONPORT is only 40 minutes away, but HOBART is a very long 3 hours away.

Nearby places are described in the MIDLANDS REGION, DELORAINEEVANDALE, CARRICK, LONGFORD, DEVONPORT, LAUNCESTON, LIFFEY FALLS and MOLE CREEK pages.

Westbury is one of a number of towns on the A1 Midland Highway, which is called the Heritage Highway by the tourist industry. The other historic towns are: CAMPBELL TOWN, EVANDALE, LONGFORD, ROSS, CARRICK, DELORAINE, OATLANDS, KEMPTON and PONTVILLE. For further information telephone any visitor information office or contact www.heritagehighway.com.au


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FACILITIES: There are shops, cafes and a petrol pump at Westbury. There are no facilities at either Hagley or Exton. There is some accommodation at WESTBURY.

SIGHTS: Westbury has a number of interesting things to see. The old part of Westbury really does have an old English feeling with its many Georgian and Victorian buildings and hawthorn bushes.

ROUTES: Westbury is just off the A1 Bass Highway about 20 kilometres south west of LAUNCESTON.

Westbury can also be access on the B54 Meander Valley Road from DELORAINE and the B72 Birralee Road from EXETER.

Hagley and Exton are on B54, which runs through Westbury.

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  • WESTBURY
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St Andrews Westbury

1/ Westbury is in central northern Tasmania. It is south west of LAUNCESTON. The St Andrews Anglican Church in Westbury is a classic example of the Gothic Revival style. This style was favoured by the Church of England in the 19th Century to emphasise the antiquity of their faith in comparison to their protestant rivals. Note how the scene could have been taken in England.

St Andrews Westbury

2/ Westbury was founded in 1830. The earliest buildings were built by convicts, as was the custom in Van Diemens Land at the time. The Village Green is at the center of the original town and many old buildings are located nearby. This is another view of the St Andrews Anglican Church taken from the Village Green. It presents a view that is typically English.

3/ This building is adjacent to the St Andrews Anglican Church. The old chimneys indicate that this building is probably the old Sunday school.

Village Green Westbury

4/ The Village Green sign gives you a good guide as to how to explore Old English Westbury.

stocks of Westbury

5/ These stocks in the Village Green were once used to punish convicts for minor offenses.

RSL House Westbury

6/ The Return Services League (RSL) club house was built by World War One veterans in the Victorian style of architecture.

war memorial Westbury

7/ The war memorial is in the Village Green. It is directly opposite the RSL House shown above.

Holy Trinity Westbury

7/ The Holy Trinity Catholic Church is a first class example of the Gothic Revival style. It also shows many Medieval Celtic features in its windows and would sit well in any Irish village.

Holy Trinity Church of Westbury

8/ The blue stone construction in the Gothic Revival style gives a real feeling of antiquity to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Westbury.

cafe of Westbury

9/ This 19th Century shop has now been converted into a top restaurant.

community centre of Westbury

9/ This old school building of the early 20th Century style is now used as a community center.

old school of Westbury

10/ This old school had large grounds and a real feeling of antiquity about it. The building to the right is an old class room and the building to the left is probably the teacher's house.

old cottage of Westbury

11/ This is one of many fine, old Victorian cottages which populate Westbury.

Lyall Street Westbury

13/ Lyall Street Westbury was almost completely populated by Victorian era cottages. This street leads to the Village Green.

town hall of Westbury

14/ The Town Hall shows the clean lines of the new Art Deco style of the 1930s.

Westbury Hotel

15/ The Westbury Hotel was a good example of the late 19th Century style of hotel.

church of Westbury

16/ This is the third church of Westbury. It is also a great example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. The presence of three large churches suggests that Westbury was a wealthy town in the late 19th Century.

old Westbury Inn

17/ This unusual Georgian era building is the Westbury Inn. It dates from 1833.

old shop of Westbury

18/ The large windows and central door suggest to me that this is a Victorian era shop.

old office building of Westbury

19/ This is a late 19th Century office building.

Westbury

20/ This Victorian era shop is now a bookseller.

Ginger Bread Cottage of Westbury

21/ The Ginger Bread Cottage is a genuine Victorian era cottage that is now available for accommodating visitors.

derelict bank

22/ This derelict building is the old Commercial Bank. It dates from 1887. I included it, so you could appreciated how much repair work has been done on the other heritage buildings of Westbury.

old inn of Westbury

23/ This is building is also called the "Westbury Inn and is built in a very Georgian style. I was pleased to see that it was being restored, when I visited Westbury in early 2016.

Fitzpatricks Inn Westbury

24/ This is Fitxpatrick's Inn. It is also built in a classic Georgian style.

Springfield Estate

25/ This is Springfield Estate. It is a private property west of Westbury. Behind it is the magnificent sight of Mt Quamby Bluff.

 

Westbury, Tasmania

1/ Westbury in Tasmania celebrates St Patrick's Day with both a parade and a fair with a strong Irish theme.

Westbury, Tasmania

2/ These gymnasts showed their ability to do somersaults at the Westbury St Patrick's Day Festival.

Westbury, Tasmania

3/ The Morris Dancing Club showed off this ancient British style of pattern folk dancing at the Westbury St Patrick's Day Festival.

Westbury, Tasmania

4/ I was enchanted to see my old car, the Corinna, on display at the Westbury St Patrick's Day Festival.

Westbury, Tasmania

5/ There was also a vintage car display at the Westbury St Patrick's Day Festival.

Westbury, Tasmania

6/ You could even buy hot spuds (bintjes) from Rory at the Westbury St Patrick's Day Festival..

 

Hagley Tasmania

1/ Hagley is a locality just east of Westbury in central northern Tasmania. It boasts the impressive, Gothic Revival, Anglican Church of St Mary's built in 1862.

Hagley Tasmania

2/ The spire shows fine masonry and looks quite medieval, despite in being located in Hagley, Tasmania.

Hagley Tasmania

3/ Next to the church is this large, Georgian style house.

Hagley Tasmania

4/ The adjacent church cemetery at Hagley has many fine grave stones.

Hagley Tasmania

5/ St Marys, Hagley is perched on a large hill and as you exit the church grounds, you have this splendid view of the Great Western Tiers.

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

6/ Just west of the church is the Hagley Farm Primary School. This is a large complex of late Victorian school buildings. They form the best example of a large Victorian era school that I have seen in Tasmania.

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

7/ This is near the entrance to the Hagley school. Walking inside is like going back in time.

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

8/ The only thing that spoils the historic vista at Hagley is this modern weather shade. The school has lovely gardens throughout the complex.

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

9/ The Hagley school is a series of different buildings reflecting slightly different Victorian school styles.

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

10/ This building at Hagley could have been a two class room primary school in its own right.

 

Exton near Westbury in northern central Tasmania

1/ Exton is a settlement in northern central Tasmania West of Westbury. It is set in beautiful farming lands and has some heritage buildings like this attractive, Victorian gentry residence.

Exton near Westbury in northern central Tasmania

2/ The lovely, old church in Exton has now been converted into a home.

Exton near Westbury in northern central Tasmania

3/ There were a number of Victorian cottages in Exton.

Exton near Westbury in northern central Tasmania

4/ This is a long range photo of Westfield estate near Westbury. It boasts of being built in 1825. It is one of many heritage estates in Tasmania that are still being used by the owners and are not open to the public. Behind it is the massive peak of Quamby Bluff.

Exton near Westbury in northern central Tasmania

5/ This is a view of the rich farmlands near Exton. Deloraine is on the distant horizon.

 

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