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All Saints Church
Bredasdorp, Western Cape

People:

Sophia (Sophie) Wharton Myddleton GRAY: Architect

Date:1859
Type:Anglican Church
Status:Extant

The foundation stone was laid on 1 November 1859 by the local magistrate Dr JH Hofmeyr. The plot had been given to the church by Joseph Barry. The first service was held on 11 August 1861 but the church was only consecrated on 29 October 1863 when Bishop Gray visited Bredasdorp. Although Sophy Gray's involvement with the plans is not referred to in church records, it is reasonable to accept her authorship of the design. In subsequent years narrow aisles were added to both sides of the nave and a porch with three little gablets and a vestry were built on to the western end of the church. Thankfully, when erecting these additional components the contractors built with the same sized units of sandstone as used for the original chapel, thus ensuring harmonious integration with the earlier structure. (Martin 2005:60-61)


Writings about this entry

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 443 ill
Martin, Desmond. 2005. The Bishop's churches. Cape Town: Struik. pg 60-61
Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838 1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pg 207

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