Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Random Grahamstown buildings

To end off the series of posts on Grahamstown I decided to do a "Random ..." post on buildings in Grahamstown that wasn't featured in the other posts.  Mainly because I had photos of them and nothing else to post them with.

Situated between Rhodes University and the Grahamstown Botanical Garden is the old Provost Prison building.  It was completed in 1838 after the Sixth Frontier War as a fortified barracks and military prison on the Drostdy grounds.  Use of the Provost declined with the removal of the military headquarters to King William's Town in the mid-1870's, but it was again in use during the Anglo-Boer War.  Today it forms part of the Albany Museum Complex.

The Cock House is one of Grahamstown's most-loved landmarks.  It was built in 1826 by Benjamin Norden, one of the British Settlers, and was named after the Hon. William Cock, another settler who initially created the Port Alfred harbour.  Some of the well known people who lived here were Dr John Atherstone and the famous South African author, AndrĂ© Brink.  A guest house was opened in the building in 1991 and the best known visitor who have stayed there is Nelson Mandela himself.

This very interesting historic facade can be seen in Church Square next to the Cathedral of St Michael and St George.  Along with a number of other old buildings the town boasts some exquisite examples of Victorian architecture.
St Andrews College is one of Grahamstown's most prominent schools.  The St Andrews Memorial Clock Town stands very close to the College chapel overlooking the playing fields and was erected in 1923 in memory of Old Andreans that fell in the First World War.

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