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Sir George Grey School, later Grey College
Bloemfontein, Free State

George (Captain) PILKINGTON: Architect

Date:1856
Type:School
Status:Demolished

Sir George Grey was Governor of the Cape Colony from 1854 to 1861 but his interest in education extended beyond this and in 1855 he donated £5,000 of his own money for the establishment of a school in the fledgling republic of the Orange Free State. At that stage there were no practicing architects in the OFS and Grey employed Captain PILKINGTON of the ROYAL ENGINEERS to design the school.

Although various additions were made by 1890 it was decided to build an entirely new school and an impressive two-storey building was erected in the Romantic Revival style by WH STUCKE.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Hawthorn, Peter & Bristow, Barry. 1993. Historic Schools of South Africa : an ethos of excellence. Cape Town: Pachyderm Press. pg 216-228
Nienaber, PJ , Smit, JD & Botes, SM. 1987. Vrystaatse Argitektuur - Historiese-argitektoniese ontwikkeling van die Vrystaatse boukuns. Pretoria: Stigting NALN. pg 41
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 369
Schoeman, Karel. 1980. Bloemfontein: die ontstaan van n stad. Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau. pg 25, 33, 36, 43, 46, 58, 62, ill 18
Schoeman, Karel. 1982. Vrystaatse erfenis : Bouwerk en geboue in die 19de eeu. Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau. pg 45
Schoeman, Karel. 1985. Boukunsskatte van die Vrystaat / Free State Heritage. Roodepoort: CUM Boeke vir Stigting NALM. pg 70, 71