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CHRIST CHURCH, BEAUFORT WEST

I have driven past this little stone church situated in Donkin Street probably hundreds of times and never noticed it until I stumbled upon Sophy Gray and started tracing her footsteps throughout South Africa.

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This is another one of the famous Bishop Gray’s churches dotted all over South Africa, but it seems according to the records that the Bishop was not that happy with the building process – goes to show that even in those early days architects were  hard to please.  🙂  Building work started in 1851 and lasted until 1854.

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It is recorded that the church was not built in accordance with the approved plans as provided by the Bishop and his wife.  The cause of the dismay was apparently that the roof was lowered and the length of the church was decreased and some other nitty gritty stuff.  According to the Bishop this resulted that the Christ Church did not conform to the early English Churches, but stated that “still it is neat, well built and substantial”.

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Although it is in desperate need of some paint and a bit of TLC and  whether it conforms to the standard of an English Church or not I still enjoyed finding it.

 

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