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Old Wynberg
Village

Old Wynberg Village

Cape Town - South Africa

The Dutch Reform Church


The Dutch Reform Church at the top of Carrhill Road.

Inhabitants of Wynberg were served by the mother congregation in Cape Town. A meeting was held on 7 June 1829 to establish a new congregation due to the distance that had to be traveled to church on bad roads. Permission was obtained from the Gouverner and the Church Council of Cape Town by Sir John Truter, the first Chief Justice of the Cape and representative for the government in the Synod of the Church.

The first service was held at De Onder Schuur Estate (now called Westbrooke) in Rondebosch and later at various farmhouses. Land for the building of a church granted on 3 March 1831 with the condition that building started within nine months and to be completed within a further nine months. The foundation stone was laid on 24 March 1831 by Sir John Truter. The Governer, Sir Lowry Cole was present then and also at the opening on Sunday, 30 September the following year.

Did you know...

...the original church was a hall of 24 metres long and 8 metres wide.

Governer Benjamin D'Urban was present at the opening of the enlarged building on 30 April 1843. The church was enlarged once more and opened by the Rev. C F J Muller on 17 March 1899.

This building was proclaimed as an historical monument in 1965.

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