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Church of St James
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Sophia Wharton Myddleton (Sophy) GRAY: Architect

Date:1848-1850 : 1868 : 1893 : 1900
Type:Anglican Church


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32°15'03.45" S 24°32'12.27" E Alt: 755m

Designed in 1848 and completed in 1850. The Chancel and sanctuary were added 18 years later in 1868 and a Lady Chapel in 1893. The rectory was built in 1897 and finally a vestry was added in 1900. It was declared a National Monument on the 8 August 1996 and is now a Provincial Heritage Site.

The Church is extant and has a plaque located on the external wall from the Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society, which reads as follows:
Oldest Church still used for Worship in Graaff-Reinet
Adapted from a design by Sophie Gray
Consecrated by Bishop Robert Gray, First Anglican Bishop in South Africa.

(Gerald Humphrey, October 2017)

Books that reference Church of St James

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 120
Martin, Desmond. 2005. The Bishop's churches. Cape Town: Struik. pg 20-21
Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838-1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pg 207