St Mary's Anglican Church

Erf 671 

Address

The Braak 

Date built

1852; belfry 1884; rounded apse 1898 

Use

Church 

Style

Gothic Revival 

Architectual period

Victorian  

Type of building

Religious 

General evaluation

Significant 

Suggested grading

Present NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1966) 

Zoning

 

Date of survey

December 2012 

Reference no.

13.02 

Description

"Small thatched rectangular church with pointed-arch windows and door, corner buttresses, a belfry with small rose window on the west and a rounded apse on the east wall. Two thatched extensions on the south side and a parapetted extension on the north, all in the original Gothic Revival style.Stands on the Braak without enclosure but surrounded by various flower beds." 

History

"Although the need to provide for the Anglicans in Stellenbosch had been felt since the first British Occupation, due to their small numbers an Anglican congregation was only established in Stellenbosch in 1848 with Rev F Carlyon as first minister. The church was built by the contractor W Martin from Cape Town and inaugurated by Bishop Grey in 1854. The design was derived from a design by Penketh, an English architect. In 1884 the church was enlarged towards the west and the belfry built. In 1898 it was enlarged again by the construction of the rounded apse on the south end (in which the glasswork from the old west wall was reinstalled) and the construction of a small organ room for the new organ which replaced the harmonium. The addition on the nothern side was built a few years later. (Oberholster and Fransen & Cook) For many years the churchyard was surrounded by a picturesque hedge which no longer exists." 

Alterations

See History. 

Social History

 


Significance in terms of NHRA

 
Very
Significant
Significant
Some
Significance
No
Significance
Not
Assessed
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Rarity
 
 
 
 
 
Aesthetical
 
 
 
 
 
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Slave History
 
 
 
 
 

Circa

1850 - 1874 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1966) 

Environment

Part of the historic Braak 

Sect 27.2 Is the building/site a Provinical Heritage Site?
 
Sect 27.3 Is the building/site a Previous National Monument?
 
Sect 28 Will any dev affect the prot or views of or from a Gr 1 or Gr 2 site?
 
Sect 34 Is the building/structure older than 60 years?
 
Sect 35 Is the site a declared archeological/palaeontological site?
 
Sect 36 Does the site contain any graves or is it a burial ground?
 
Sect 37 Does the site contain any public monuments or memorials?