Waenhuiskrans - Arniston, Western Cape

Name Waenhuiskrans means 'wagon house cliff'. Arniston is the name of a ship.


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This seaside town has two official names, used interchangeably. Waenhuiskrans means 'wagon house cliff' and refers to a cave in a sea cliff nearby that is large enough to accommodate an ox wagon and a span of oxen. Arniston refers to the British East Indiaman sailing ship Arniston that ran aground on the rocks here on 3 May 1815, with a great loss of lives.

List of structures:

Church: 1933.
Fishermen's Cottages: c1820. Kassiesbaai,