Mamre, Western Cape

Founded: 1808


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The village of Mamre dates back to 1808, when the Governor, the Earl of Caledon, granted land to the Moravians, in order that they might establish a second mission station, Genadendal having proved a success. Originally known as Groene Kloof, the mission was renamed in 1854 from the quotation in the Bible: 'Then Abraham removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre'. (Gen 13:18.) (Picton-Seymour 1989:79)

List of references:

Burrows, Edmund Hartford . 1994. Overberg Odyssey : people, roads and early days. Swellendam: Privately printed in co-operation with the Swellendam Trust. pp 76
Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pp 331-340
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. pp 128-129
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. pp 59
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 79
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pp 118

List of structures:

Groote Post: n.d..
Moravian Church for the United Brethren: 1818.
Moravian Parsonage: 1679.
Shop - Winkel: 1880.
Watermill: 1844 : 1873.