The first St Peter’s Anglican Church in Glenelg was built in 1851 on land set aside by Colonel William Light, surveyor and planner of the City of Adelaide in 1839. Fire destroyed it and the current English Gothic style bluestone church, designed by Edmund Wright (often referred to as the ‘Christopher Wren of Adelaide’ due to the number of buildings designed by him in the late 1800s) replaced it in 1883.

I especially like the adjoining bell tower on the southern side of the church. This is a centenary addition constructed in 1983. I like how it blends in so well with the existing church unlike the very out of place community centre, a 2011 addition on the eastern side of the church which I didn’t take a picture of because I didn’t like it (I forgot my duty to inform my reader!).

Unfortunately I was unable to enter the church – it was locked up – but from pictures I have seen it appears to be reasonably plain though I am told the stain glass windows – some twenty five of them are quiet interesting. The main great east window was created by Franz Xavier Zettler in Munich, Germany while others were sourced from the UK and from within Australia. Another thing to look out for are the hand made tapestry kneeling pads in the pews.

The church was classified by The National Trust of South Australia in 1984 and in 1988 placed on the State Heritage Register of South Australia.

Address: Torrens Square
Directions: A short walk from the tram stop in Moseley Square.

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