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Author:Fransen, Hans
Year:2006
Title: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
Place:Johannesburg & Cape Town
Publisher:Jonathan Ball

'This is the first serious study of the physical history of the older towns of an area of the former 'Cape Colony' reaching north as far as Calvinia and east to Grahamstown and Colesburg. Of almost one hundred towns, villages and hamlets the foundation is sketched as well as the role of Surveyors and other factors, in their initial layout and subsequent.

Well over seven hundred illustrations, including hundreds of early watercolours and pioneer photographs, most of them never published before, record their appearance up to the beginning of the 20th century. The book describes the beginning of new drostdy districts as such as Swellendam, Graaff Reinet and Worcester, of new Dutch Reformed church congregations like Tulbagh and Roberson, of boeredorpe like Montagu and Calitzdorp, of harbour settlements like Simon' town and Mossel Bay, of mission towns like Genadendal and Mamre. It illustrates things like water erven, ,leibeurte, tuishuisies, outspans and market squares. A unique feature of the book are the many detailed aerial photographs, few of them ever seen in print, some dating back to the 1930s and showing the towns before modern development brought about irrevocable changes to the townscape.

Although containing mostly previously unpublished infromation, research and insights, all this is presented in a very readable style. With its rich pictorial component, it will be a coffee-table volume as much as an invaluable reference book.' (Front cover sleeve inner-fly)

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Towns linked to this book

Aberdeen, Eastern Cape. pp 236-237
Amalienstein, Western Cape. pp 144
Barrydale, Western Cape. pp 228-231
Bathurst, Eastern Cape. pp 324-325
Beaufort West, Western Cape. pp 170-173
Belvidere, Eastern Cape. pp 337
Bredasdorp, Western Cape. pp 219-222
Caledon, Western Cape. pp 155-161
Calitzdorp, Western Cape. pp 289-291
Calvinia, Northern Cape. pp 232-235
Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 41-63
Ceres, Western Cape. pp 200-201
Clanwilliam, Western Cape. pp 149-154
Clarkson, Eastern Cape. pp 144
Colesberg, Northern Cape. pp 298-302
Cradock, Eastern Cape. pp 167-169
Darling, Western Cape. pp 226-227
Elim, Western Cape. pp 130-132
Franschhoek, Western Cape. pp 192-194
Fraserburg, Northern Cape. pp 238
Genadendal, Western Cape. pp 124-127
George, Western Cape. pp 162-166
Goedverwacht, Western Cape. pp 138-139
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. pp 112-118
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. pp 309-316
Great Brak River, Western Cape. pp 333-334
Greyton, Western Cape. pp 264-266
Haarlem, Western Cape. pp 142
Hanover, Northern Cape. pp 239-244
Heidelberg, Western Cape. pp 202-203
Hermanus, Western Cape. pp 284-288
Hotagterklip, Western Cape. pp 348
Kalk Bay, Western Cape. pp 280-283
Knysna, Western Cape. pp 276-279
Ladismith, Western Cape. pp 208-210
Malgas, Western Cape. pp 335-336
Malmesbury, Western Cape. pp 97-101
Mamre, Western Cape. pp 128-129
Matjiesfontein, Western Cape. pp 350-351
McGregor, Western Cape. pp 260-262
Montagu, Western Cape. pp 254-259
Mossel Bay, Western Cape. pp 269-275
Napier, Western Cape. pp 223-225
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. pp 204-207
Paarl, Western Cape. pp 77-82
Pacaltsdorp, Western Cape. pp 143
Philadelphia, Western Cape. pp 199
Piketberg, Western Cape. pp 190-191
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. pp 317-323
Prince Albert, Western Cape. pp 292-296
Puntjie, Western Cape. pp 345-346
Richmond, Northern Cape. pp 297
Riebeek West, Western Cape. pp 211
Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape. pp 212-213
Riversdale, Western Cape. pp 214-218
Robben Island, Western Cape. pp 338-340
Robertson, Western Cape. pp 195-198
Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 102-111
Somerset East, Eastern Cape. pp 326-327
Somerset West, Western Cape. pp 184-185
Stanford, Western Cape. pp 267-268
Stellenbosch, Western Cape. pp 65-76
Stormsvlei, Western Cape. pp 349
Suurbraak, Western Cape. pp 140-141
Swellendam, Western Cape. pp 88-96
Tulbagh, Western Cape. pp 83-87
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. pp 119-122
Uniondale, Western Cape. pp 305-308
Van Wyksdorp, Western Cape. pp 343-344
Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape. pp 345-346
Victoria West, Northern Cape. pp 303-304
Villiersdorp, Western Cape. pp 263
Waenhuiskrans - Arniston, Western Cape. pp 347
Wellington, Western Cape. pp 186-189
Worcester, Western Cape. pp 174-182
Wuppertal, Western Cape. pp 133-137
Zoar, Western Cape. pp 144

Buildings linked to this book

Congregational Mission Church, 1822-1825, Pacaltsdorp, Western Cape. pp 143 ill
Pig and Whistle Hotel, 1821, Bathurst, Eastern Cape. pp 324
Townhouses (Tuishuisies) - First, 1860, Swellendam, Western Cape. pp 459
Townhouses (Tuishuisies) - Second, 1876, Swellendam, Western Cape. pp 459

People or firms linked to this book

PACALT, Carl August. pp 143