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Chippenham Lodge

Estimated $600,000.00 (to be confirmed)

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Constructed
1862

Location
51 Browns Road, St Albans, Christchurch

Ownership
Heartland Community Trust Inc

Heritage Classifications
Registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category II Historic Place (Register Number 1846)

Listed on the Christchurch City Council City Plan as Group 3

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WHY CHIPPENHAM LODGE MATTERS

The townhouses of the wealthy run-holding elite were an important feature of the landscape of colonial Christchurch. One of the grandest of these was Chippenham Lodge, the city residence of the Goldney brothers of Cora Lynn station. Subsequently occupied by a succession of prominent and well-to-do Cantabrians, Chippenham can be seen as an embodiment of the individualistic values and material aspirations of this class. In an interesting twist however, Chippenham has more recently also come to represent the antithesis of these values. For the last forty years, it has been the home of one of New Zealand's best known communes and a base for social and political activism.

In addition to its social and cultural importance, Chippenham Lodge is also an architecturally significant house. Picturesque brick dwellings were a characteristic feature of the Gothic Revival movement in the United Kingdom, but did not translate readily to a colonial context. Chippenham therefore is one of few examples in this country of the type. The house is also associated with nineteenth century New Zealand's most prominent exponent of Gothic Revival, Benjamin Mountfort; although only part of the house can be attributed with any certainty.

Chippenham Lodge is one of the most significant houses remaining in Christchurch, and its relative importance has only grown with the loss of so much of our domestic heritage. Although the house has sustained significant damage in the Canterbury earthquakes, its present custodians, Heartwood Community Te Ngakau o te Rakau, are working to retain their home.

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HISTORY

1862: Brothers George and Francis Goldney, owners of Cora Lynn station, purchase a section of the farm formerly known as Springfield, and construct the first stage of Chippenham Lodge – named for their birthplace in Wiltshire.

1865: Chippenham Lodge sold to Mr Mytton, who commissions an extension from architects Mountfort and Bury.

1875: Chippenham become home of John Evans 'Yankee' Brown, American-born MP for Ashley

(1871-79)1924: property sold to prominent surgeon Sir Hugh Acland, who lives there for nearly 40 years.

1971: Chippenham enters a new phase when purchased by commune Community Assistance Inc (now Heartwood Community Te Ngaku o te Raka). Members of the community active in social and political issues of the period including anti-Vietnam War movement, anti-apartheid campaign and environmental and education issues. Initial meetings of HART (Halt All Racist Tours) and Greenpeace NZ held at the property.

2010-11: Building sustains significant damage in the Canterbury earthquakes.