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St John's Anglican Church

Donkin Terrace, Bathurst, South Africa
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Beautiful historical church

This church is worth the visit even if it's just for the history. Unfortunately it was locked and... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
Very interesting

The caretaker was very helpful and informative. He also sold us a booklet which related the 1820... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
Ian L
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Donkin Terrace, Bathurst, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This church is worth the visit even if it's just for the history. Unfortunately it was locked and I couldn't enter. The churchyard is interesting. The architecture is beautiful and the history surrounding it is fascinating. It is worth the visit.

Thank Dia_Carstens
Reviewed 27 January 2017

The caretaker was very helpful and informative. He also sold us a booklet which related the 1820 Settlers story through the eyes of their clerics; a very interesting read

Thank Ian L
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Very nice church, allot of historical value. It is also a beautiful church building, the grave stones are also very interesting. Easy to find and worth a visit, I just regret not entering the church.

Thank justinfbotha
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

It was raining and the church was locked One can phone somebody for access but in the bad weather we did not bother. The church yard and gravestones would have warranted more time had the weather been better.

Thank kaapie62
GavinCame, Committee member "Historic Bathurst" at St John's Anglican Church, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

The church needs to be locked as protection against vandals, we are sorry you could not access the church itself. The graveyard, weather permitting, is also a great place to experience the history of the little village

Reviewed 27 June 2016

This building was signposted and easy to find. Although building proceeded in fits and starts during the Frontier Wars, it was only consecrated by Bishop Gray in 1848. Unlike so many churches commissioned and consecrated by Bishop Gray during this time, his wife, Sophia was...More

Thank Jilldutoit
GavinCame, Committee Member - Historic Bathurst at St John's Anglican Church, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

We are sorry you could not get access, there is a telephone number for the curator. Obviously the church cannot be left open for fear of vandals

Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

What a nice church. We were pleasantly welcome by an elderly gentleman who gave us a mini tour of the church. He explained so much about the history of this beautiful church. A must see if you are in the area. A lot of history...More

Thank Kerry1704
GavinCame, Committee Member at St John's Anglican Church, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2016

Thank you for the review Kerry, there is a small committee of volunteers who use limited resources to maintain the "unmanned" heritage sites in Bathurst. Our first project was the Bradshaws Mill which we restored to the point where we now have an operating wheel...More

Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is an ancient 1820 Settler Church- on a hill overlooking Bathurst in the Eastern Cape. A wee bit run down, but very peaceful and informative if one is looking at history- and awe-inspiring too- as the area is so old, and looking at the...More

Thank Beverly Y
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This is a welcoming church if you are around on a Sunday to join in the service. Part of the 1820's tradition is kept alive by the small country church(s) found in this area.

Thank Prof W
Reviewed 23 April 2015

We stopped here by chance, and so glad we did. The church is a hidden gem in the village. This church is also so interesting. We had the caretaker take us through the church and provide us with a lot of history. You soon find...More

Thank Powderbucket
Reviewed 18 March 2015

A bit off the beaten track, but this pretty old church is well worth a visit. The old roof beams give it a lovely country feel, the graveyard is interesting to look round, and there was an on-site guide seemingly happy to answer questions forever....More

Thank Caroline B
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