The Braak

Erf 670 

Address

Bounded by Bird Street, Alexander Street and Bloem Street 

Date built

in use from 1703 

Use

Town Square 

Style

 

Architectual period

 

Type of building

Open space 

General evaluation

Outstanding 

Suggested grading

Present NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1936) 

Zoning

 

Date of survey

December 2012 

Reference no.

13.01A 

Description

"Grassed open space with oaks along the edges, crossed by two paths. Surrounded by parking lots on all sides.Two brass plaques mounted on rough sandstones." 

History

"The Braak was used as a military parade ground by the Stellenbosch and Drakenstein infantry from 1703. It was used, first informally and later formally, for sports. In the early 19th C it became known as King's Square, and after Sir Charles Adderley supported the colonists in the anti-convict campaign it was called Adderley Square. It was used for various festivities such as Queen Victoria's birthday, when the small cannons now housed in the Arsenal were fired. In 1908 the Town Council formally resolved that the Braak would remain an open space for the inhabitants of Stellenbosch." 

Alterations

 

Social History

 


Significance in terms of NHRA

 
Very
Significant
Significant
Some
Significance
No
Significance
Not
Assessed
Historical
 
 
 
 
 
Rarity
 
 
 
 
 
Aesthetical
 
 
 
 
 
Technological
 
 
 
 
 
Cultural
 
 
 
 
 
Social History
 
 
 
 
 
Slave History
 
 
 
 
 

Circa

1700 - 1749 

Admin area

Stellenbosch 

Allotment

Stellenbosch 

Linked to erf/erven

 

Linked address

 

NHRA protection

Previous National monument (1936) 

Environment

 

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?
 


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