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House R Feetham: The Moot House
Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

BAKER, MASEY and SLOPER: Architect
Ernest Willmott SLOPER: Design Architect

Date:1905
Client:R Feetham
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant
Street:47 The Valley Rd

 


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Coordinates:
26°10'32.46" S 28°02'14.38" E Alt: 1713m

(Jnl ATA Sep 1916:27)

Transcription of Blue Plaque:

PARKTOWN RIDGE HERITAGE AREA

THE MOOT HOUSE

Built for Richard Feetham in 1906 and designed by Baker, Masey
and Sloper, this was the first house to be erected on this street.
Feetham was brought to Johannesburg in 1902 as deputy town clerk -
one of a group of Oxford graduates (Milner's Kindergarten) who were
to assist in the reconstruction of the Transvaal after the Anglo-Boer
War. This house became their meeting place. Here they drafted the
Selbourne Memorandum, precursor to the Union of South Africa.

Feetham was town clerk for four years, represented Parktown in
parliament, served in the Cape Coloured Corps in World War I
and become Judge-President of Natal and Chancellor of the
University of the Witwatersrand.

He lived here until 1922.

(Source: The Heritage Portal)

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

Greig, Doreen. 1970. Herbert Baker in South Africa. Cape Town: PURNELL. pg 242
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1975. Projek opname historiese gebou in Johannesburg. Eerste verslag. Parktown: Dept Kunsgeskiedenis. RAU. pg 48a, b