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Wesbury Tasmania

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.

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.

Westbury

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

Westbury

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

Westbury

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

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

Westbury war memorial

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

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.

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.

Westbury

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

Westbury

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

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.

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

Westbury

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

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

Westbury

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

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.

Westbury

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

Westbury

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

Westbury

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

Westbury

20/ This Victorian era shop is now a bookseller.

Westbury

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

Westbury

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.

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 Westbury

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

 

Westbury St Patrick's Festival

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

Westbury St Patrick's Festival

2/ These enthusiastic, young gymnasts showed their ability to do somersaults.

Westbury St Patrick's Festival

3/ The Morris Dancing Club showed off this ancient British style of pattern dancing.

Westbury St Patrick's Festival

4/ I once owned a Ford Cortina, so I was enchanted to see its type on display again.

vintage cars

5/ There was also a display of well restored vintage cars of many makes..

Westbury St Patrick's Festival

6/ You could even buy delicious, hot spuds from Rory.

 

Hagley Tasmania

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

Hagley Tasmania

2/ The tall spire shows fine masonry and looks quite medieval. It is easy to imagine Hagley being in 19th Century England.

Hagley tasmania

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

Hagley Tasmania

4/ The adjacent Hagely Cemetery has many fine grave stones.

Hagley Tasmania Great Western Tiers

5/ The church at Hagley is perched on a large hill and as you exit, 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 style 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 Hagely is this modern weather shade. The school has lovely gardens throughout the complex.

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

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

Agricultural college at Hagley Tasmania

10/ This building 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. There are no facilities at Exton.

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.

Westfield estate near 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.

farm lands near Exton near Westbury in northern central Tasmania

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

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