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St George's Anglican Church
Newhaven, Knysna, Western Cape

Sophia Wharton Myddleton (Sophy) GRAY: Architect

Type:Anglican Church
Style:Kent Style


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34°02'07.49" S 23°03'01.98" E Alt: 15m

Consecrated 30th October 1855.

Wording on Knysna Historical Society plaque:

St George's Anglican Church
John Rex laid the foundation stone of this church in 1849
built on land donated by his father, George Rex, founder of
Knysna. Construction commenced in 1850 based on a plan
adapted by Sophy Gray, wife of the first Anglican Bishop of
South Africa. The church was to be built then as the chancel
of a larger church and when funds permitted, the nave etc.
in the plan would be added. The church was consecrated
in 1855. In 1919 the decision was taken to build a new
church to the north.

Wording on the Historical Monuments Commission plaque:

St George's Church
This is the first church built
in Knysna. The foundation stone
was laid in April 1849 by John
Rex, son of George Rex who donated
the land. The church was consecrated
by Bishop Robert Gray on 3rd October 1855.

Historical Monuments Commission

St George-kerk
Dit is die eerste kerk in Knysna gebou.
Die hoeksteen is in April 1849 gelê deur John
Rex, seun van George Rex wat die grond
geskenk het. Die kerk is op 3 Oktober 1855
deur biskop Robert Gray ingewy.

Historiese Monumentekommissie

See also:
St George's 1926
St George's Lychgate

Books that reference St George's Anglican Church

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 519 ill
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 163
Hatfield, Denis. 1967. Some South African monuments. Cape Town: Purnell. pg 100-102
Martin, Desmond. 2005. The Bishop's churches. Cape Town: Struik. pg 18-19
Menache, Philippe & David, Darryl Earl. 2010. 101 Country Churches of South Africa. South Africa: Booktown Richmond Press. pg 90
Oberholster, JJ. 1972. The historical monuments of South Africa. Cape Town: Rembrandt Van Rijn Foundation for Culture at the request of the National Monuments Council. pg 127 ill
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 114
Storrar, Patricia. 2001. Plettenberg Bay and the Paradise Coast. Craighall: Trevor McGlashan, TJM Publishers. pg 166