Remains of historic house uncovered in Lyttelton

9:41 pm on 27 June 2012

The remains of a house built by one of Canterbury's early settlers have been uncovered during a demolition in Lyttelton.

The foundations of the house were discovered while workers were demolishing the Lyttelton Plunket building which was damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

The site was occupied by a home belonging to John Robert Godley, who was a key figure in the Canterbury Settlement, before the Plunket building was built in the 1940's.

Archeologists have found the pile holes and posts of the house and have identified the outline of the original building.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says the find comes at a time when the centre of the Lyttelton community is building a new future and it uncovers a tangible link to early settlement of the area.