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Historic gem

If you are into history, and specifically Settler history, then this little church is a must visit... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2018
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Very interesting

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

Reviewed January 27, 2017
Ian L
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Mar 5, 2018
“visit to the church and graveyard site”
Feb 8, 2018
“Historic gem”
Donkin Terrace, Bathurst, South Africa
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

The actual church is still in excellent condition on the inside and is steeped in history and is very quaint,the actual graveyard needs to be up graded very badly

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 8, 2018

If you are into history, and specifically Settler history, then this little church is a must visit. Make sure you make an appointment and get somebody to open for you as the inside of the church is very interesting. But even if you can't get...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

We visited the church in Oct 2017. The caretaker came all the way from PortAlfred and we had a wonderful time with him. He is a very interesting man. We saw wonderful works of art about the Passion of Christ inside the church. And the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed April 11, 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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed January 27, 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

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed December 18, 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.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed July 25, 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.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Judelle D
GavinCame, Committee member "Historic Bathurst" at St John's Anglican Church, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 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 June 27, 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

Date of experience: June 2016
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GavinCame, Committee Member - Historic Bathurst at St John's Anglican Church, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 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 April 17, 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

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Kerry1704
GavinCame, Committee Member at St John's Anglican Church, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 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 September 15, 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

Date of experience: September 2015
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