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St Luke's Church Graveyard, New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand

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The first Anglican church in Bell Block was opened on 2 November, 1857. A small wooden building, the "Hua Village Church", was erected for less than £200. It had one stained glass window facing east and was capable of seating 70 people. This church was replaced in 1902 by a more substantial building. The foundation stone for this new church was laid by Archdeacon Govett on 26 September, 1901. St Luke's Church was officially opened on 19 January, 1902 in front of a large congregation. In February 1976 the church was moved to Barry and Alison Rumball's farm on Umutekai Road. In 1990 a co-operating church was built in Bell Block on the site of the old Primitive Methodist Church. St Luke's Church cemetery is administered by the Bell Block and Lepperton Co-operating Parish on behalf of the Taranaki Anglican Trust Board. Source: Mike Gooch via Kete New Plymouth http://ketenewplymouth.peoplesnetworknz.info/taranaki_churches/topi....