Address: 310 Church Street
Construction date: 1928
Architect: R Thorrold-Jaggard
Architectural style: Queen Anne
District Plan Category: 2
Building number: 49
Heritage NZ Category: Nil
Completed in 1928 this house was built for Mrs HR Waldegrave, wife of Harry Waldegrave, a wealthy farmer from Awapuni and a member of the property owning Waldegrave family. The house cost nearly £2000 to build and was designed by local architect Thorrold-Jaggard. A carport was added in 1967. The house was a residence until 1984 when it was converted to commercial premises and today houses a dental practice and architectural firm.
The design of the house is similar to but more simplified than 312 Church Street, using the same Queen Anne revival style but dispensing with the half timber framing and using clinker brick in the bay and porch. The interior is consistent with this style in the use of heavy beams and plastered ceilings.
Reginald Thorrold-Jaggard was born and educated in England. He received his articles there before emigrating to New Zealand in 1913. He settled in Palmerston North and soon met and married Lily Daisy Collier who had been recruited in London by the local firm of Collinson and Cunningham as a dressmaker. Jaggard was initially in the employ of Oscar Jorgeson, a well known local architect, before setting up his own practice. In the ensuing years many local buildings and domestic dwellings were designed by Jaggard. Among those still standing are the Former Hepworth Building (1917), King St Flats (1925), Square Edge (1945), Ward Brothers building (1936), Family Entertainment Centre, The Square (1935) and House, 314 Church St. The firm was carried on by his son Bill Thorrold-Jaggard who sold the practice in 1962.
Summary of Heritage Values
A good example of a New Zealand simplified version of the Queen Anne revival style, and example of a local architect's domestic design.
The association with the Waldegrave family, and the architect R. Thorrold-Jaggard.
A good representative example of the architectural style; an authentic exterior and interior.
Good functional, economic and didactic uses.
Statement of Significance
Like its companion dwelling next door, 314 Church Street is associated with a historically important person, in this case the widow of Harry Waldegrave, a well known farmer and member of the Waldegrave family. The Waldegrave name was associated with many buildings and developments in inner Palmerston North and this association continues, to a lesser extent, today. Also, like its companion, this house is an important reminder of the time when The Square was closely bordered by many residences. The retention of such low-rise dwellings have helped temper the expansion of Palmerston North's commercial area. The building is a good authentic example of a simplified Queen Anne style.
Building Permit Plans, PNCC (Microfilm file), 115/314
Building Permit Register, PNCC, Archives Series 4/13/1, granted 6/3/28
City Planning Dept, PNCC 1987, "Historic Palmerston North 1987" (Calendar), PNCC, PNCC Archives
Pers Comm W Thorrold-Jaggard, 18/3/93
Thorrold-Jaggard Papers, PNCC Archives