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Bordered by Roeland, Mill & Hatfield Streets and Jutland
Avenue to the south, this neighbourhood boasts some of Cape Town's
most popular retailers, designers, restaurants, creative spaces and
Together with some of the neighbourhood's most prominent
organisations, Name Your Hood is working towards rekindling
True to South African's Dutch heritage, the city's outer limits were bordered by the streets Buitenkant (East) and Buitengracht (West). Buitenkant translates to edges or outskirt and, having no city walls, was the ideal way to boarder the city.
Behind the peach-coloured exterior lies the finest example of 18th century Cape Dutch farmhouse. The Rust en Vreugd, built in 1778 as a home for Willem Cornelis Boers, a high-ranking official of the Dutch East India Company, now showcases a private collection of art on paper as well as its original 1798 design, with hedges, walkways and a gazebo. After Boer's death, the building, situated on Buitenkant Street, served many purposes: from a Dutch Reformed Church in 1878 to a teachers’ training college. Restored in the 1960s into a gallery, the private collection on show was donated by business man, William Fehr.
Being a “Persies” regular means belonging to an eclectic collection of people who have enjoyed The Perseverance Tavern's services since 1808. A server of ale, many notable Cape luminaries enjoyed it's charming atmosphere back in the day. Not only did it have THE original grape vine planted in its back yard, Persies owns one of the Cape’s earliest street lamps too. Paintings of what Cape Town was like are preserved on the walls, so head on in for a bit of time travel.
Upon entering the premises of 14A Roeland Street you'll discover 200 years worth of skill development established for the destitute of Cape Town. The Carpenter’s Shop began in 1841 as The School of Industry, closing 134 years later. In 1981, it was reopened by concerned businessmen and still offers multiple training courses as a way of giving back, a perfect example of community building.
Roeland Street was once one of the poorest districts of Cape Town (Cape Town was divided into 12 districts at the time) and was owned by one landlord. The ‘hire houses’ were in an appalling condition, but by 1850 it had established itself as one of the most fashionable streets in the CBD.
Before being demolished (the building could not be modernized economically to comply with the requirements
of the Department of Prisons), the space that is now the National Archives was the Roeland Street Prison, housing the infamous criminals of the Cape from 1859 to 1977. Now, the only part of it that remains are the gates which welcome visitors to the site.
There is little record about the life in the prison. Infamous inmates were The Foster Gang, known for robbing jewelry stores were the infamous prisoners. Dulcie September, a female South African anti-apartheid political activist and Alex la Guma, a South African novelist whose works helped characterise the movement against the apartheid era, were also detained.
St John's Street once ran from Roeland Street to Mill. However, the lower part of St Johns, starting just below the National Art Gallery, had houses of "ill repute" and the upper reaches of the street was host to some very wealthy residents. After their countless objections to this association, their requests were respected and instead of removing the brothels, it was easier to change the name of the street. And so upper St John’s Street became known as Hatfield Street.
The Kimberly Hotel is a Cape Town landmark. Built in 1895 it was the starting point for horse-drawn carriages leaving Cape Town for Kimberley in the Northern Cape, popular at the time because of the diamond mining.
The National Archives on Roeland Street was constructed in 1980 for the sole purpose of housing government archives – a specific design researched by the architects at the time. There are special pumps which ensure that there is no moisture in the rooms to destroy the books, which together are heavier than all the cars parked there!
Six Dominican Sisters led by Sister Kinsella, arrived in Cape Town in 1863 at the request of the then Bishop Thomas Grimley, to establish a school for Catholic children. They were given the land attached to the Bishop’s house which is now the presbytery. Two schools were started: St. Mary’s Primary School for paying parents and a mission school next door (St. Brigid’s).
About 10 years after the school opened, the Marist Brothers arrived and started a school in Hatfield Street. Boys and girls attended St. Brigid’s Primary School which was a state aided school. The boys left at the end of Grade Three and went to Marist Primary. The girls stayed on at St. Brigid’s and went up to Grade Seven.
St. Mary’s High School was an exclusive private school for girls up to matric which catered for many girls of immigrant parents - Portuguese, Italian, German, etc. The Dominican schools went against the government and opened to all races in the late 1970’s.
St. Mary’s High School closed in the early eighties and St. Brigid’s became St. Mary’s Primary which became a co-educational state-aided primary school serving the needs of the wider community and catering for all, thus upholding the Catholic ethos.
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