In March 2010 I went to Armidale for a weekend of autumn colours. While there we visited the small privately owned church at Gostwyk (history below), and were lucky enough to find a wedding in progress.
After checking for permission, we were able to get some shots of the beautiful bride and her bridal party, as well as the lovely church.
The bride’s almost backless gown was just divine and she looked absolutely lovely.
“Gostwyck” refers to Gostwyck Station, a grazing property which has been owned by the same family since its establishment in 1834. In 1834, Mr Cory sold his rights to William Dangar, who then sold it to his brother Henry Dangar and it is after him that Dangar’s Falls (another local attraction) are named.
At the turn of the century, just across the road from the Chapel, there was a small cemetery where people who worked on the property were buried, other than those who were lost in floods. Just beyond the cemetery were two cottages, Mr Vollmer, the Store Keeper, in one and Mr Quinnell in the other. Today, little remains of the cemetery or the cottages.
Gostwyck Chapel was built in 1921 by Mr Roberts after World War I, in memory of Clive Collingwood Dangar (1882-1918).
The site of the chapel was carefully chosen by Mr Ashley Clarendon Cox (Manager) at the re- quest of Mrs Dangar, wife of Major Dangar MC. The Chapel was consecrated by Bishop Wen- tworth-Shields, Bishop of Armidale. The magnificent avenue of 200 elm trees was planted by a man brought out from England by the Dangars specifically for that job. During drought times these trees were tenderly nurtured and watered with buckets of water from the nearby Salisbury Waters. The Chapel is constructed of bricks entirely made and fired on the property.
The furnishings, ornaments and accessories in the little church were all presented by the immediate family or close friends. They consist of a Credence Table, Communion Rails and Table, Font, Prayer Desk, Lectern and Pulpit, Hymns and Psalms Boards.
The three eastern stained glass windows were endowed by the sister, mother and wife of Major Dangar, in his memory. The two symbolic western windows were given in memory of Mrs Nora Gordon (previously Dangar). These windows are the work of David Saunders and were dedicated in 1977. Two more recent windows, the work of Miss Pel Fesq, in the north and south walls, are dedicated to Mrs B.J.F. Wright (Nee Noreen Dangar) and Mr W Grant Giblin, husband of Patsy, younger daughter of Major C.C. Dangar.
The stone wall surrounding the chapel was built as protection against flooding but the floods of the 1950s rose higher than the walls and caused much damage to the furnishings and carpets. Since that time, when floods are imminent, all contents are removed to storage nearby.
Visitors are welcome to picnic in the surrounds of All Saints and Salisbury Waters, but are requested to honour the privacy of Gostwyck Station, its owners and employees.
Extract from: http://uralla.com/gostwyck-chapel-60.html