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Prince Alfred's Guard Drill Hall
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape

Charles STOREY: Architect
? WILSON: Architect
George Dix PEEK: Architect

Type:Drill Hall


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33°57'48.37" S 25°37'15.05" E

Designed by Storey and Wilson "of the Railway Dept." who "gave their services free of charge". The later additions were made by George Dix Peek. Picton-Seymour 1977:185, incorrectly ascribes the building to SMITH & DEWER.

Opened in 1882 (1881 on gable, Richardson has opening date as 1880), this historic building has been the headquarters of the Prince Alfred's Guard ever since, and is now also a museum. Unlike other South African units which, until the proclamation of the Republic, may have had bestowed upon them titles linked with royalty, the designation 'Prince Alfred's Guard' sprang from a duty performed by the unit when it provided a special escort for Prince Alfred during his visit to Port Elizabeth in 1860. (Richardson 2001)

Wording on notice board



This is the headquarters of
Prince Alfred’s Guard, Port
Elizabeth’s volunteer
regiment formed in 1895.
The Drill Hall was opened in
1882 and the first floor added
in 1893. The adjoining land
was once the parade ground.

In addition to its military
function, the Hall has been
the scene of balls and
theatrical productions and
has also been used as a
roller skating rink and

Writings about this entry

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 185, 187 ill, 188 ill, 189 ill
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 39