Just outside the town of Oudtshoorn you will find the settlement of Volmoed adorned with a beautiful sandstone church with an interesting history.
The architect of this masterpiece is Watson Hall (1876 – 1941) and was ”compelled to come to South Africa for his health” arriving in Cape Town in 1897 at the age of 21. He first worked as an assistant in the famous Sir Herbert Baker’s office in Cape Town before he became an assistant in John Parker’s office in Cape Town. He lived in Claremont since his arrival in 1897 until his departure to Oudtshoorn in 1908 where he practised until 1920.
In 1910 Hall won a competition for the Dutch Reformed Church in Calitzdorp but “owing to the dissatisfaction expressed by the congregation” the job went to the second prize winner, Wynand Louw. During 1920, at the age of 44, Watson Hall returned to Claremont. At some point he was architect to the Rugby Union for a period of four years during which time he built stands at Newlands Rugby Grounds.
An interesting note in the Royal Institute of Britsh Arichtects (RIBA) states that he did “nothing outstanding, but specialized in churches and schools.”
Geocaching takes you places! Visit the following cache at this site: Volmoed (GC5F5KX)