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St Andrew's Church
Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape

Sir Herbert BAKER: Architect

Type:Anglican Church
Style:Baker School
Street:77 Kildare Road


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33°58'26.19" S 18°27'22.15" E

St Andrew's Church in Newlands celebrated its centenary in 1994. The foundation stone was laid by Lady Loch, wife of the Governor of the Cape, on 6 March 1894 and the completed building was consecrated by the Bishop West Jones on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November. It was the first of more than fifty churches in South Africa to be designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

The structure is of Table Mountain stone quarried not far from the church. The walls are of dressed stone in courses, with eight buttresses on the north, six on the south and two each on the east and west walls. Originally it had a thatched roof, which in 1949 was replaced by wooden shingles and they in turn by a new roof of mazista slate in 1969. A church bell, donated in 1895, was mounted in a turret added to the roof in 1897.

Above information from the church's website accessed 2018 12 03.

The three windows on the east wall above the altar are by the renowned British artist, Edward Burne Jones. They were gifted to the church by Lady Loch whose husband was the Governor of the Cape and they lived at Newlands House. Lady Loch was Gladstone’s daughter. The windows were dedicated in August 1912 and are the only examples of Jones’ glass in South Africa.

From the Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa Newsletter, June 2019.

(Pryce-Lewis list item 11).

Books that reference St Andrew's Church

Baker, Herbert. 1944. Architecture & personalities. London: Country Life. pg 43
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 169-170
Greig, Doreen. 1970. Herbert Baker in South Africa. Cape Town: PURNELL. pg 81, 157
Langham-Carter, RR . 1994. St Andrew’s, Newlands : The first century 1894 – 1994. Cape Town: Langham-Carter, RR. pg All
Martin, Desmond. 2005. The Bishop's churches. Cape Town: Struik. pg 52-53