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St Margaret’s Anglican Church was built in 1855 by local landowner, and one of South Australia’s colonial elite, John Bristow Hughes. Constructed of picked limestone and dominated by a square tower, it replicates a typical English church. Stained glass windows honour local pioneers. The church was extended in 1915 with the addition of the chancel. In 1919 the lych gate was built as a memorial to parishioners who served in WW11.

St Margaret’s Anglican Church is a State Heritage Place, listed on the 11th of June 1998.

The State Heritage Places Database shares the following information about St Margaret’s significance in South Australia, “One of several ‘village’ churches built between 1836 and 1860, St Margaret’s represents the early development of the Anglican church in South Australia. Architecturally the chuch is very typical of the style of the early Anglican Churches in the State, of simplified Gothic Revival styling. An early church in Woodville, St Margaret’s is associated with one of South Australia’s more noted benefactors, John Bristow Hughes.”2

  1. Text from the State Heritage Place marker on the Church building ↩︎
  2. Text from the SA Heritage Places Database Search ↩︎