Jenny May - Architectural Historian, Heritage Management Services

Billen’s Building

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The building was built by Alfred Billens, who had arrived with his family from England in the 1850s.  He was said to have come from a family of lamp makers to Queen Victoria.


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  • Image: Christchurch City Council
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Building information

Billens’ Building
(also known as England Brothers House)
167-177 High Street
Architect: Robert William & Edward Herbert England
Date: 1906
The building burnt down on 7 December 2012