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Townhouses (Tuishuisies) - First
Swellendam, Western Cape

Client:Joseph Barry
Type:Town Houses
Street:4 Shand Street


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34°01'00.56" S 20°26'51.55" E Alt: 150m

Reid Square, a charming, oak-shaded 'outspan' adjoining the DR Church, probably dates from the time of the building of the first church in 1802. The land on its north side, adjoining the 'Cottage', formed part of the grant to Falck. He sold it off in 1836, and in 1845 it became the property of Joseph Barry who in 1860 built a two-storeyed, slate-roofed building on it containing three small one-room over one-room apartments or tuishuisies for the use of congregation members visiting Swellendam at nagmaal and other occasions. These have been well restored. The adjoining four-unit building is similar, but built in 1876, with a flat roof, by John Joseph Barry, who bought the remaining land in 1867. The restoration of these is less successful. [Oberholster p122.]

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 459
Oberholster, JJ. 1972. The historical monuments of South Africa. Cape Town: Rembrandt Van Rijn Foundation for Culture at the request of the National Monuments Council. pg 122
Swellendam Heritage Association. 2018. Treasures of Swellendam. Swellendam: Swellendam Heritage Association. pg 27