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 references:

Burrows, Edmund Hartford . 1994. Overberg Odyssey : people, roads and early days. Swellendam: Privately printed in co-operation with the Swellendam Trust. pp 167, 176, 178
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 445-447
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 347
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 108
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 82
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pp 67
Schoeman, Chris . 2017. Historical Overberg, The. Cape Town: Zebra Press. pp 182-185

List of structures:

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