Sar, Barnard, and Anne Street Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – From 83 to 91 Sar Street, Wadestown, and at the next step from 109/113 Barnard Street, and from the top at  64 Anne Street.

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These steps give you an unexpected experience – a grand, old staircase, and then spectacular views.

And I’m grateful to Robert Mosen for letting me know about them.

Looking up from Barnard Street to Anne Street.

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Post- lockdown construction at the entrance from Sar Street.

Ms Irvine-Smith wrote about the ‘curiously derived S.A.R Street, commonly called Sar Street, as well as Anne Street’ as being named for Sarah Anne Rhodes, second wife of William Barnard Rhodes (Barnard Street is named for him). Rhodes has been described as one of the wealthiest men in New Zealand at the time, owning possibly a million acres of land in the North and South Islands, and was a founder of Bank of New Zealand. He built a large house, called ‘The Grange’ in  the 1860s in this area, and the drive to his house became Wadestown Road. Wellington being the small town it is, The Grange became the home of Katherine Mansfield’s father, Sir Harold Beauchamp. Mrs Rhodes presented the Mayoral Chain to Wellington City, and also left funding for the education of women at Victoria University.

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After the pathway past the construction site.

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Looking up to Barnard Street.

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And back down toward Sar Street.

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From Barnard Street to Anne Street.

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The stunning views from the top on Anne Street – just turn to the left at the top of the steps and walk a bit up the street.