The property Penarth at 2351 Kyneton-Redesdale Road comprising four stone buildings dating from the 1860s and 1870s is significant. The timber wing at the rear of the larger house and the alterations to the barn are of lesser significance. The mature elm trees are also significant.
How is it significant?
Penarth at 2351 Kyneton-Redesdale Road is of local historical, aesthetic and technical significance to the City of Greater Bendigo.
Why is it significant?
Penarth demonstrates the development of John Took's farm through the sequence of buildings. His ownership of the property lasted for over thirty years and in that time the expansion of land and buildings demonstrate an evolution of the farm. Took's association with Redesdale was an influential one through his investment in a number of properties throughout the district. Criterion A
Penarth demonstrates a coherent group of buildings linked in form and materials. Some details of the stonework are unusually sophisticated such as the chimneys lintels and sills, indicating a superior level of stonemasonry. The whole group of buildings are locatedtogether whereby it is possible to interpret the development of the site and to relate their functions to the working of a small farm. This is considerably enhanced by the elm trees that provide a sense of scale and enclosure to the complex. Criterion E
Of particular note is the wall construction of the barn using rounded stones laid like flints, the cellar and stairs, and the presence of timber shingles to the roof of one building. Criterion B.