Selwyn Court (Bishopscourt)

8 St Stephen's Avenue
Parnell, Auckland
Built in the early 1860s for Bishop Selwyn the Bishopscourt complex originally contained St Barnabas, Selwyn's private chapel. This is now in the grounds of the Auckland Diocesan Girls School. It is thought that Frederick Thatcher designed the library but not the Bishop's house.

Selwyn Library is open on occasion as a venue for exhibitions.

The Belfry was built to house a peal of bells, the bishop's wife Sarah Selwyn had been sent by friends in England. Oddly the bells sit in the base of the tower because its scale (in keeping with the library) could not accommodate them in the tower.
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  • Sylwyn Court
    Sylwyn Court
  • Bishop's Court
    Bishop's Court
  • The Selwyn Library and the Belfry
    The Selwyn Library and the Belfry
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