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Van Oudtshoorn Road, No 3 - Historic House
Swellendam, Western Cape

Street:3 Van Oudtshoorn Road

A house standing far back from the road, single-storeyed and now with an iron roof. The land was granted to Constable Cornelis Johannes Ooms or Oomse in 1816, when HF Schutte was available to mark out the boundaries, but the house was then already standing. It then had late-straight gables at either end and a dormer gable over the front door. The windows have been replaced with steel ones. Ooms was Constable at the old Drostdy gaol; one room in the centre of the officials' houses that stand in front of the Gaol, opening onto the entrance passage of the Gaol, is still known as the 'Constable's room'.

[Fransen p457]

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.