The most expensive of Christchurch’s suburbs. Through the late 19th and early 20th centuries fashionable houses were built there.

Meaning of place name
Named after Walpole Cheshyre Fendall, who emigrated from Crambe, Yorkshire, England to Canterbury in 1850 and took up a block across the Waimairi Stream from the Deans brothers' Riccarton farm. He named his 50-acre block Fendall Town, a name soon applied to all the land from Hagley Park northwest to the site of the present airport. Variously recorded as Fendall's Town and Fendaltown, by the 1880s the name was commonly written as Fendalton.

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