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Bathurst, Salem, Southwell and Lombard’s Post, Settler Country, Eastern Cape.

Bathurst is a quaint Settler village on the R67 15-km from Port Alfred (Portalfred). The Pig and Whistle Hotel, built in 1831, is one of the oldest inns in South Africa. Bradshaw’s Mill, home of the wool industry in South Africa, was built in 1821 and has a working water wheel. The Bathurst Agricultual Museum houses over 1200 items of agricultural equipment, many of which have been lovingly restored by local farmers. You may be lucky enough to be in town when the annual Bathurst Show (April) or the Pineapple Cricket Tournament (March) are in full swing. An oxbraai is held annually in late December. With as many as 20000 attendees, it is reputed to be the biggest braai in the world.

Salem. A quaint village south-west of Grahamstown started as a school in 1822. The Old Methodist Church, village green and recently restored Settler’s houses are interesting features. On the R343 northwest of Kenton-on-Sea.

Southwell. A quaint Settler village west of Bathurst with a school church and village green. Those interested in visiting should contact Basille Glanville, Grasslands Farm, +27 (46) 7914 or +27 (83) 261 7248

Lombard’s Post. A restored Settler home in Southwell. A national monument, it is owned by Peter Keeton.

Bathurst is on the R67 north of Port Alfred, which is on the R72 west of East London, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N6. AQBathurst

 

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Last update: 2009-06-26 10:53
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