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History alive

The beautiful church is perched on a hill, as one comes down the hill this very beautiful church... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
george41248
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Paterson, South Africa
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The school has been renovated as well

Great celebration of renewal Well worth a visit Steeped in 1820 Settler history Search the... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
lynandgra2014
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Bathurst, South Africa
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Reviewed May 4, 2017

Accompanied by direct descendant Courteney Bradfield, I visited the Bathurst area and, with George Koning, was taken to see what progress had been made on the restoration of the Clumber Church.

Erected on Mount Mercy (named by the Nottingham party of the British Settlers) this, the third structure, was declared a national monument in 1980. To this day it remains under the auspices of the Methodist Church.

Inside I was able to see the original pulpit, harmonium and the 1902 Gors and Kallman piano, both still in use. The magnificent pews are constructed from yellowwood and the central cross was made from a broken bench. The overhead lighting beams down from 2 beautiful chandeliers.

Through a masterful fund-raising drive, much-needed funds were generated and I understand that restorative work on the interior of the Church s now complete, with the interior a work-in-rogress. In October this year they will be celebrating 150 years, but sadly I won't be able to attend that event, but I knw that in the able hands of these caring and dedicated descendants it will be an occasion to give thanks.

Easy to find with road signs along the way, Clumber Church s well worth the trip, not only for the beauty of the work done to the building itself, but also to visit the grave sites of 1820 Settlers.

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank Lucille B
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Reviewed April 4, 2017

This is a unique church- it forms what was almost a village at one stage. School and houses. Beautifully maintained grounds and grave yard, that reads like a book on history.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Beverly Y
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Reviewed December 18, 2016

Beautiful historic church, easy to find and allot of history. I did not enter as everything was locked up, but with Google and local information cards I could educate myself on the history.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank justinfbotha
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Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

I love old buildings and towns and as far as church buildings go this one is just WOW! We went inside and it is just beautifull! Going to visit one Sunday for sure!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank RudiB406
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Reviewed February 22, 2015

This loverly old church and adjacent schoolroom is still used by the South Africa Methodist Church. Services are every other Sunday at 0900 or 11.00

Date of experience: February 2015
1  Thank Prof W
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