The Sextons House for the Church of England Cemetery at the Barbadoes Street Cemetery fronts Cambridge Terrace and was built in the 1920s to replace the earlier 1871 cottage built on the same site.

Barbadoes Cemeteries, Sextons House

Barbadoes Cemeteries, Sextons House, 384 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch

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Heritage status

District plan: Highly significant.

Heritage New Zealand: None.

Conservation plan For the Cemetery which includes a small section on the Sextons House.
Authenticity High.
Current status Closed, safe to enter.
Repair status Awaiting repair.
Geographic level of significance Local Community.
Community Board Linwood-Central-Heathcote.
Restrictions Refer to legislation and guiding documentation below.
Land title Part Reserve 20, CB518/291, Fee Simple, 2.2612ha.
District plan zoning Specific Purpose Cemetery Zone.
Pre-earthquake use Commercial (Residential).

The Sextons House built in the 1920s is replaces the original 1871 sexton’s cottage on the same site. 

It is built in the early Californian bungalow style with Art Nouveau and late Edwardian Arts and Crafts detailing that remains authentic from the time of construction. The House is located in one of the oldest cemeteries in Canterbury and the earliest designed cemetery in Christchurch.

Risks The house has been boarded up. There is ongoing regular maintenance along with security checks. Wooden building is susceptible to vandalism.
Meets new building standard <67% No, earthquake prone.
Environment Canterbury hazardous activities and industries list information (HAIL) Listed as a HAIL site.
Reports available

Detailed Engineering Evaluation (requires review based on the subsequent Geotechnical report).

Geotechnical Report.

Estimated minimum cost to restore  $300,000 (This figure is not based on actual engineering costs but is indicative only from preliminary investigations).


District plan heritage status - highly significant

To be categorised as meeting the level of ‘Highly Significant’, the historic heritage shall: meet at least one of the heritage values in Appendix link)(external link) at a highly significant level; and be of high overall significance to the Christchurch District (and may also be of significance nationally or internationally), because it conveys important aspects of the Christchurch District’s cultural and historical themes and activities, and thereby makes a strong contribution to the Christchurch District’s sense of place and identity; and have a high degree of authenticity (based on physical and documentary evidence); and have a high degree of integrity (particularly whole or intact heritage fabric and heritage values).

Meets new building standard >67%

% NBS is essentially the assessed structural standard achieved in the building (taking into consideration all reasonably available information) compared with requirements for a new building and expressed as a percentage. There are several steps involved in determining %NBS, as outlined in the following sections.

A %NBS of less than 34 (the limit in the legislation is actually one third) means that the building is assessed as potentially earthquake prone in terms of the Building Act and a more detailed evaluation of it will typically be required.

A %NBS of 34 or greater means that the building is regarded as outside the requirements of the earthquake prone building provisions of the Building Act. No further action on this building will be required by law. However, if %NBS is less than 67 it will still be considered as representing an unacceptable risk and further work on it is recommended.

A %NBS of 67 or greater means that the building is not considered to be a significant earthquake risk.

Environment Canterbury hazardous activities and industries list information

Environment Canterbury manages information about land that is, or has been, associated with the use, storage or disposal of hazardous substances. This is called the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL). The HAIL has 53 different activities, and includes land uses such as fuel storage sites, orchards, timber treatment yards, landfills, sheep dips and any other activities where hazardous substances could cause land and water contamination.

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