Raithby Church

98

Overview

Address

Raithby Road

Date Built

Suggested Grading

IIIA

Property Number

98

Present NHRA protection

S34

Older than 60 years - at time of survey

yes

Description

The Methodist / Wesleyan church is located to the east as you enter the hamlet, and is rectangular and under steeply pitched roof with end gables and bell-tower, c1861. Its tall windows, spaced between buttresses, have Gothic arches, and there are Boyle ventilators along its ridgeline. A plaster cross caps each gable end.

Details

Valley

Area

Landscape Unit

Townscape

Raithby

Landscape Unit Grade

Grade II

Architect / Builder

Current Use

Church / Community

Original Use

Church

General Evaluation

Interior Description

History

Originally a missionary community for emancipated slaves established by Barnabas Shaw following <br /> the abolition of slavery at the Cape in 1834. The original lots were rented out to 800 freed slaves. The <br /> church was built in 1861.

Grouping with other sites

Evidence of Demolition

The fa├žade was reconstructed after its collapse

Contextual Design

The church precinct is located on a slight rise above the commonage, as you enter the village green area. It has a particularly striking visual relationship with the Helderberg Range beyond, as its gables echo the tall peaks of this range.

Invasive Elements

Heritage Vulnerability

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Latitude/Longitude

-34.021988 / 18.806725
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Additional Information

Additional Documents

Survey

2016

Circa

Admin Area

Allotment

Zoning

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Date of survey

2016

Linked to erf/erven

Linked Address

Environment

Valley PDF

No document

AREA PDF

No document

Landscape Unit PDF

No document

Townscape PDF

2016 Survey Document - Site PDF

OTHER DOCUMENTS

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NHRA Significance

Age

Medium

Archaeology

Low

Architectural

Medium

Associational

High

Intangible

* SCALE USED: High / Medium / Low / None

Rarity

Medium

Representivity

Medium

Scientific

None

Symbolic

High

Statement of Significance

The church is the spiritual heart of the village, and together with the commonage, the streets and the school, creates the "civic structure" for the settlement. The site has high architectural, historical, social and contextual significance. It is a rare example. It has a strong association with the history of slavery in the winelands.

Landscape Significance

While there are some mature trees surrounding the chuch, they do not have any strong landscaping structure
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