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Pig and Whistle Hotel
Bathurst, Eastern Cape

Date:1821
Type:Hotel
Status:Extant
Street:Kowie Road


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33°30'12.99" S 26°49'27.38" E Alt: 230m
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The Pig and Whistle, Pig & Whistle or Pig 'n Whistle - originally Peg and Wassail i.e. Peg (shot of liquor) and Wassail (bowl of food) - has changed a lot since it was referred to as 'Another method of achieving secure stability was to reduce the height of the upper story, as in the Bathurst Inn, where the windows occur almost at floor level and the ceiling slopes down to a height of only five feet (1.52 meters) near the outside walls.' (Lewcock 1963:158; fig 324, 325, 326)

While the Drostdy, Messenger's house and Barracks were being built in September 1820, John Jarman of T Wilson's party was selected by the Provisional Magistrate to keep an inn, he 'having means to erect a commodious House for such purpose, and intending also to build Subscription Rooms for the sole use of Gentlemen only.' (Lewcock 1963:212)

The architecture of Bathurst was not of shacks and huts, but of well built stone houses such as have survived to the present day. Of these, the finest include the houses of J Carney, J Weakly, T Hartley – part of the present inn, and a house in Trappes Street. (Lewcock 1963:215-6)

Fransen (2006:324) refers to the Pig & Whistle as originally being the Bathurst Arms. So does Richardson (2001:9) 'The original portion of the hotel was built and opened by Thomas Hartley as the Bathurst Arms.'

The hotel holds one of the country’s oldest liquor licenses, and was proclaimed a National Monument on 1989 10 20.

It would appear that references to the Bathurst Arms are incorrect, this was another establishment which has since been destroyed. There is a much newer Bathurst Arms which has no connection to the Pig and Whistle.

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Writings about this entry

Fransen, Hans. 2006. Old towns and villages of the Cape. A survey of the origin and development of towns, villages and hamlets at the Cape of Good Hope. With particular reference to their physical planning and historical landscape. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball. pg 324
Lewcock, Ronald. 1963. Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa : a study of the interaction of two cultures, 1795-1837. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 158, 212, 214-215, 238
Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 9