Name: Rendlesham House
Location: Corner Sandwych and Adams Streets, Wentworth
Use: Tea Rooms (former dwelling)
Constructed: 1884
Demolished: 0
Theme: Township
Condition: Good

Statement of Heritage Significance:

A large brick dwelling with a low hip roof clad with corrugated iron. A wrap around verandah with separate concave roof supported by chamfered timber posts surrounds the dwelling. Two squat brick chimneys with stucco caps protrude from the roof. The decorative front doorway has double arched glass panels set in a casement with side and fan lights. The dwelling is one of the largest and most impressive in Wentworth. The cast iron fence is unique within the township which was traditionally characterised by timber picket fences. The dwelling is a significance landmark, which dominated the important intersection for traffic to and from Broken Hill.

Rendlesham House was built as a residence for William Gunn, Wentworth’s first Mayor. The Gunn’s originated from Rendleshan, near Robe in South Australia. This dwelling replaced his residence in Cadell Street (also known as Rendlesham) which was sold to the Catholic Church to be used as a presbytery. Rendlesham House was purchased by William Bowring at the turn of the century. Bowring also had the office of Mayor and was proprietor of important business establishments. Rendlesham House has important historical significance as the residence of some of the towns most important and memorable pioneers.

Conservation by inclusion within the Local Environmental Plan.

J Whyte; The Cyclopedia of Victoria
Tullock D “The Historic Town of Wentworth”

Recording Date: 13/12/1988

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