Shadforth

Exotic species mark the village’s location within the rural landscape

Location Mitchell Highway, a place within the Precinct of Frederick’s Valley.

Statement of Significance

Shadforth has historic significance as it was considered to be a contender as a location for the main town in the district. However, the limitations of its topography meant that the main town developed at Orange and Shadforth remained a small village. During the gold rush of the 1850s and again in the 1870s the village was home to many miners who flocked to the area in the hope of finding gold. Three of Shadforth’s cottages, Rose, Shamrock and Thistle, are Schedule 8 Heritage Items of Local Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.

Shadforth’s tiny St Paul’s Church was relocated to Orange Botanic Gardens in 1988. The Botanic Gardens thus acts as a continuing associative link to Shadforth’s past.

The village has been bypassed by the Mitchell Highway and can be distinguished in the landscape by its mix of native and exotic species of trees that are clustered around the old village layout.

Objects and Elements: Shadforth

Raine Family Grave Plot, Mitchell Highway, North East of Shadforth

Shadforth1Thomas Raine was one of the early settlers in the area and it is reported that three to four Raine family members are buried there. The family grave plot is a Schedule 8 Heritage Items of Local Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.

Shadforth2Cottages

Shadforth3Three of Shadforth’s cottages, Rose, Shamrock and Thistle, are Schedule 8 Heritage Items of Local Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.

Shadforth Public School

Shadforth4The bluestone Shadforth Public School was built in 1883 and remained in operation until 1976.

 

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