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Drostdy Gates - Arch
Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape

Charles Jasper, Major SELWYN: Architect



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33°18'46.11" S 26°31'18.09" E Alt: 557m

Now the entrance to Rhodes University. Referred to as the Drostdy Gates or the Drostdy Arch.

The gateway was planned in 1835 by Sir Benjamin D'Urban, Governor at the time, but was only built in about 1841 or 1842. Lewcock (1963:275) ascribes the probability of the gate's design to Maj. Charles SELWYN, of the ROYAL ENGINEERS.

Information provided by Liz de Wet of the Cory Library, Rhodes University from "Buildings on the Drostdy Ground, Grahamstown" compiled by Una Long in 1949. Submitted by William MARTINSON

Proclaimed: 08-07-1938. Reproclaimed: 30-10-1992.

Bell on stand [see photographs right], originally mounted on top of the flat wall over the arch and used as a curfew bell. Now placed in the grounds of the Albany Museum adjacent to the Drostdy Arch.

Provincial Heritage Site.

Books that reference Drostdy Gates - Arch

Hatfield, Denis. 1967. Some South African monuments. Cape Town: Purnell. pg 88-90
Timlin, William M. 1927. South Africa. A series of pencil sketches by William M. Timlin with an introduction by Gilbert. E. Chitenden. London: A & C Black. pg Fig 16
Willcox, JS . 1889. Views of Grahamstown from photographs. Grahamstown: Unidentified. pg