Discover Kenridge: A History, Virtual Tour and Map

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There was a forum thread a while back where those of us involved decided it would be a good idea to do virtual tour hubs- basically showing other hubbers, and anybody who passes by, what your neighbourhood is like.

So, this is mine. I decided to do this because there was a lack of info and pictures on the internet about Kenridge, or at least, I didn't find much. I might even do a follow up hub related to this one about the local wildlife and such found in this beautiful area.

I live in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, just outside Durbanville, called Kenridge. There are two groups of suburbs- the southern suburbs and the northern suburbs. Kenridge is in the northern group.

Just looking at the place, it’s not hard to see that it was once a large farm, called Witteboom farm. Witteboom (pronounced vittabooem) is Dutch for “silver tree”. Evidence of this is easy to find as well- there’s a street in Kenridge called Witboom Rd, which is Afrikaans for “white tree”, quite possibly named after the farm, and there’s also the barn where the farmer of that time would have kept his livestock. Not to mention that there are long green fields throughout this place that, although they are sloped, are mostly flat, and not full of rocks, hills, holes and other deformities. And both Kenridge and Durbanville are surrounded by still-existing farmlands and vineyards anyway, like Altydgedacht.

(Note: If you don’t know what Afrikaans is, it’s a language derived from Dutch and Arabic, and also sounds similar to German. It's alleged to have been invented by Muslim slaves that came to the Cape centuries ago.)

Kenridge is mixed in its demographic, but I’d say that there are mainly white residents, some of which speak English, others Afrikaans, with ethnic groups, Africans, and foreigners being a minority, although more recently we’ve seen a slight increase in their numbers.

I’m not exactly sure when Kenridge was founded, but the date on the original farmhouse reads “1921”, so I’m guessing it was about that time, or perhaps earlier. Durbanville was founded back in 1806, so if the farmhouse date is anything to go by, then “Durbs” was around well over a hundred years before that.

My parents moved here back in the early 1970s along with my two brothers, and my family is therefore one of the longest residing families here, although not the first surely. Some of our neighbours were here before or shortly after they arrived. Of course, there was my uncle and aunt, who moved here - basically just copying my parents. But they’ve gone now, and so have many other people that I’ve known. A lot of the original families have likely gone now too, although my immediate neighbours have stuck around.

The thing about Kenridge is that, although it’s referred to as a suburb of Cape Town, that description doesn’t quite fit the place. Kenridge is often considered a part of Durbanville, a town nearby known for its wine route. Kenridge is in fact between Durbanville and Bellville, another town, known for being central to an airport, a railway, hospitals, and universities. Evidence of my argument is that when we write letters or provide an address for someone, we usually put: “Kenridge (or Kenridge Estate), Durbanville (and sometimes Bellville), Cape Town”. Some parts of Kenridge, including Upper Kenridge, or Kenridge Heights, are considered part of Durbanville, whereas other areas, especially the lower-lying ones, perhaps behind the Kenridge Shopping Complex and beyond, like the Waterkloof residential area near the dam, are considered a part of Bellville.

We locally refer to Kenridge as a “peri-urban” area or neighbourhood. As I understand it, you have urban areas, suburban areas, peri-urban areas (also referred to as urban fringes), and then the countryside. I’ve heard and read it as Kenridge “estate” as well. They often called it this, decades ago, and some of us (including my family) still use it.

Kenridge is an area where you have shops, banks, churches, and practically anything else you need, and there are lots of houses, but you can still see the wildlife- the local flora and fauna that you don’t get in bigger, more urbanized areas that focus on consumerism and expansion (urbanization). But if you want something else other than the necessities, you’ll have to go to another town to get it. Kenridge doesn’t have malls as such. There are a few stores in one location which is called The Kenridge Shopping Complex, which isn’t very large, but where there are cafés, which is what we call a convenience store or 711, a salon, a pharmacy, a real estate agency, some take-away places, a petrol station, a shop which has home-made meals, a vet, and a few ATMS. A few residents of Kenridge have their own businesses, usually optometrists, psychologists and doctors in different fields.

Next to the Shopping Complex you have the local schools. There’s a pre-school, pre-primary, and a primary school, Kenridge Primary School, all situated next to each other, which is quite convenient, and a lot of the local kids walk to school. A high school by the name of Fairmont is just up the road from here, and many of the kids from KPS end up going here to continue their secondary education. KPS is bilingual, with English and Afrikaans children attending, with a minority of children who speak African languages, and Fairmont is predominantly English speaking.

In between the two schools, there are mainly residential areas, as well as plenty of open fields, one of which has a sports club on it, which caters to tennis, and not much else.

I’ve included a slideshow of pictures, complete with captions and a guide detailing more history, with most if not all pictures taken by me over a period of a few months, in the photo capsule here.

"Just looking at the place, it’s not hard to see that it was once a large farm. Evidence of this is easy to find as well - there’s a street in Kenridge called Witboom Rd, quite possibly named after the farm, and there’s also the barn where the farmer of that time would have kept his livestock."

Kenridge Virtual Tour Slideshow

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Heim Kehrweider guest house.  This is Kenridge's haunted house. The city park near the back of Fairmont.This is Witboom Road.This is a crossroads section on the Durban road, near Fairmont High School.This is the side entrance to Fairmont High School's car park.This is the main entrance to Fairmont High School. They put up the fence and gate a few years back. Before that you could just walk in.This is the back entrance to Fairmont High School. Before these metal fences were added, there were cheap green wire fences and a rusty old gate, accompanied by a turnstile for those on foot. These were replaced a few years ago.There are three speed humps on this road. This is one of them, in the middle.These are the water reservoirs. I often used to come up here with friends and look out over the city, especially at night. Sometimes we would sneak under the fence and go on one of the taller ones inside. The outer reservoir has now been fenced in. We used to go on top of that one often.One of the local parks, Salisbury Park, in Kenridge Heights, near Durbanville Hills.A distant view of the Hillside and Tygerberg Nature Reserve (the cluster of trees on top of the hill)View of some Dutch Colonial style buildings and farmland. In the distance you can see Table Mountain.The top part of Table Mountain.This is a crossroads in Kenridge. If you go right, you'll end up on the Tygerbergvalley Road. If you go straight, you'll end up at the Voortrekker Hall.One of the local parks, near the Tennis Club, or "The Kenridge Sports & Social Club". It's referred to as De Villiers Park.The Kenridge Sports & Social Club, more formally known as The Joe Eveleigh Clubhouse.Sign over the clubhouse door with the official name.The tennis club viewed from the parking lot above.A small wood. There used to be more trees here, and a children's park.Another hill.View of the surrounding hills. The Scout Hall is down at the bottom of the field.This is a field above the Scout Hall. Those fig trees right in the middle have since died. At school we used to make jam with those figs years ago.This is the Olde Barn.This gate on the side of the Scout Hall wasn't here years ago. At the back of the place, the last time I checked, is just some timber and rubbish.This is the original farmhouse, also called the "oldest house in Kenridge". You can tell because of the typical Dutch Colonial style architecture presented on part of the roof.The number 1921, I'm guessing, is when it was built, although I'm not sure.The Old Apostolic Church. The local veterinary hospital.Cape Country Cottage. One of Kenridge's guest houses. It's near Lotter fields.These are KPS's outer sports fields, known as Lotter Fields. This is the view from above Kenridge pond (some call it a dam). Below you can see the Kenridge Shopping Complex, Kenridge Primary School, and in the background, the tall building is the NG Kerk (an Afrikaans Church).Kenridge ponds. There's the big pond at the top (this one), then there's a smaller, shallower pond at the bottom.The shallower pond.Kenridge Shopping Complex.Side entrance of KPS, and the carpark.This is the main entrance to Kenridge Primary School. It's currently going under some renovation, so the entrance might look different soon.The hall where the school holds assembly. There was construction going on at the time here.Two of the four tennis courts, laid by Barretts in 1977.The Keith O'Kennedy Pool. A new building, a garage, near the tennis courts.Mashford fields, named after Mrs. P. Mashford.This is Kenridge Pre-Primary's Grade R building.The Doordekraal Voortrekker Hall. It's now utilized by KPS.Koos Eksteen field.Kenridge Avenue. Named after Kenridge Estate obviously.Van Riebeeck Avenue. Named after Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town.Tulbagh Avenue. Named after Ryk Tulbagh, a governor of the Cape Colony.Van der Stel Avenue. Named after Simon van der Stel, last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony.Tafelberg Rd. Named after Table Mountain. In Afrikaans it is Tafelberg.De Villiers Avenue. Probably named after 1st Baron John de Villiers, a lawyer and judge.KNI sign. It stands for Kenridge Neighbourhood Initiative.Crossroads behind the shopping complex. In the distance is Tyger Valley Shopping Mall.The NG kerk.This is the dam behind the NG Kerk.
Heim Kehrweider guest house.
Heim Kehrweider guest house. | Source
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This is Kenridge's haunted house.
This is Kenridge's haunted house. | Source
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The city park near the back of Fairmont.
The city park near the back of Fairmont. | Source
This is Witboom Road.
This is Witboom Road. | Source
This is a crossroads section on the Durban road, near Fairmont High School.
This is a crossroads section on the Durban road, near Fairmont High School. | Source
This is the side entrance to Fairmont High School's car park.
This is the side entrance to Fairmont High School's car park. | Source
This is the main entrance to Fairmont High School. They put up the fence and gate a few years back. Before that you could just walk in.
This is the main entrance to Fairmont High School. They put up the fence and gate a few years back. Before that you could just walk in. | Source
This is the back entrance to Fairmont High School. Before these metal fences were added, there were cheap green wire fences and a rusty old gate, accompanied by a turnstile for those on foot. These were replaced a few years ago.
This is the back entrance to Fairmont High School. Before these metal fences were added, there were cheap green wire fences and a rusty old gate, accompanied by a turnstile for those on foot. These were replaced a few years ago. | Source
There are three speed humps on this road. This is one of them, in the middle.
There are three speed humps on this road. This is one of them, in the middle. | Source
These are the water reservoirs. I often used to come up here with friends and look out over the city, especially at night. Sometimes we would sneak under the fence and go on one of the taller ones inside.
These are the water reservoirs. I often used to come up here with friends and look out over the city, especially at night. Sometimes we would sneak under the fence and go on one of the taller ones inside. | Source
The outer reservoir has now been fenced in. We used to go on top of that one often.
The outer reservoir has now been fenced in. We used to go on top of that one often. | Source
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One of the local parks, Salisbury Park, in Kenridge Heights, near Durbanville Hills.
One of the local parks, Salisbury Park, in Kenridge Heights, near Durbanville Hills. | Source
A distant view of the Hillside and Tygerberg Nature Reserve (the cluster of trees on top of the hill)
A distant view of the Hillside and Tygerberg Nature Reserve (the cluster of trees on top of the hill) | Source
View of some Dutch Colonial style buildings and farmland. In the distance you can see Table Mountain.
View of some Dutch Colonial style buildings and farmland. In the distance you can see Table Mountain. | Source
The top part of Table Mountain.
The top part of Table Mountain. | Source
This is a crossroads in Kenridge. If you go right, you'll end up on the Tygerbergvalley Road. If you go straight, you'll end up at the Voortrekker Hall.
This is a crossroads in Kenridge. If you go right, you'll end up on the Tygerbergvalley Road. If you go straight, you'll end up at the Voortrekker Hall. | Source
One of the local parks, near the Tennis Club, or "The Kenridge Sports & Social Club". It's referred to as De Villiers Park.
One of the local parks, near the Tennis Club, or "The Kenridge Sports & Social Club". It's referred to as De Villiers Park. | Source
The Kenridge Sports & Social Club, more formally known as The Joe Eveleigh Clubhouse.
The Kenridge Sports & Social Club, more formally known as The Joe Eveleigh Clubhouse. | Source
Sign over the clubhouse door with the official name.
Sign over the clubhouse door with the official name. | Source
The tennis club viewed from the parking lot above.
The tennis club viewed from the parking lot above. | Source
A small wood. There used to be more trees here, and a children's park.
A small wood. There used to be more trees here, and a children's park. | Source
Another hill.
Another hill. | Source
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View of the surrounding hills. The Scout Hall is down at the bottom of the field.
View of the surrounding hills. The Scout Hall is down at the bottom of the field. | Source
This is a field above the Scout Hall. Those fig trees right in the middle have since died. At school we used to make jam with those figs years ago.
This is a field above the Scout Hall. Those fig trees right in the middle have since died. At school we used to make jam with those figs years ago. | Source
This is the Olde Barn.
This is the Olde Barn. | Source
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This gate on the side of the Scout Hall wasn't here years ago. At the back of the place, the last time I checked, is just some timber and rubbish.
This gate on the side of the Scout Hall wasn't here years ago. At the back of the place, the last time I checked, is just some timber and rubbish. | Source
This is the original farmhouse, also called the "oldest house in Kenridge".
This is the original farmhouse, also called the "oldest house in Kenridge". | Source
You can tell because of the typical Dutch Colonial style architecture presented on part of the roof.
You can tell because of the typical Dutch Colonial style architecture presented on part of the roof. | Source
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The number 1921, I'm guessing, is when it was built, although I'm not sure.
The number 1921, I'm guessing, is when it was built, although I'm not sure. | Source
The Old Apostolic Church.
The Old Apostolic Church. | Source
The local veterinary hospital.
The local veterinary hospital. | Source
Cape Country Cottage. One of Kenridge's guest houses. It's near Lotter fields.
Cape Country Cottage. One of Kenridge's guest houses. It's near Lotter fields. | Source
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These are KPS's outer sports fields, known as Lotter Fields.
These are KPS's outer sports fields, known as Lotter Fields. | Source
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This is the view from above Kenridge pond (some call it a dam). Below you can see the Kenridge Shopping Complex, Kenridge Primary School, and in the background, the tall building is the NG Kerk (an Afrikaans Church).
This is the view from above Kenridge pond (some call it a dam). Below you can see the Kenridge Shopping Complex, Kenridge Primary School, and in the background, the tall building is the NG Kerk (an Afrikaans Church). | Source
Kenridge ponds. There's the big pond at the top (this one), then there's a smaller, shallower pond at the bottom.
Kenridge ponds. There's the big pond at the top (this one), then there's a smaller, shallower pond at the bottom. | Source
The shallower pond.
The shallower pond. | Source
Kenridge Shopping Complex.
Kenridge Shopping Complex. | Source
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Side entrance of KPS, and the carpark.
Side entrance of KPS, and the carpark. | Source
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This is the main entrance to Kenridge Primary School. It's currently going under some renovation, so the entrance might look different soon.
This is the main entrance to Kenridge Primary School. It's currently going under some renovation, so the entrance might look different soon. | Source
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The hall where the school holds assembly. There was construction going on at the time here.
The hall where the school holds assembly. There was construction going on at the time here. | Source
Two of the four tennis courts, laid by Barretts in 1977.
Two of the four tennis courts, laid by Barretts in 1977. | Source
The Keith O'Kennedy Pool.
The Keith O'Kennedy Pool. | Source
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A new building, a garage, near the tennis courts.
A new building, a garage, near the tennis courts. | Source
Mashford fields, named after Mrs. P. Mashford.
Mashford fields, named after Mrs. P. Mashford. | Source
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This is Kenridge Pre-Primary's Grade R building.
This is Kenridge Pre-Primary's Grade R building. | Source
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The Doordekraal Voortrekker Hall. It's now utilized by KPS.
The Doordekraal Voortrekker Hall. It's now utilized by KPS. | Source
Koos Eksteen field.
Koos Eksteen field. | Source
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Kenridge Avenue. Named after Kenridge Estate obviously.
Kenridge Avenue. Named after Kenridge Estate obviously. | Source
Van Riebeeck Avenue. Named after Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town.
Van Riebeeck Avenue. Named after Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town. | Source
Tulbagh Avenue. Named after Ryk Tulbagh, a governor of the Cape Colony.
Tulbagh Avenue. Named after Ryk Tulbagh, a governor of the Cape Colony. | Source
Van der Stel Avenue. Named after Simon van der Stel, last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony.
Van der Stel Avenue. Named after Simon van der Stel, last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony. | Source
Tafelberg Rd. Named after Table Mountain. In Afrikaans it is Tafelberg.
Tafelberg Rd. Named after Table Mountain. In Afrikaans it is Tafelberg. | Source
De Villiers Avenue. Probably named after 1st Baron John de Villiers, a lawyer and judge.
De Villiers Avenue. Probably named after 1st Baron John de Villiers, a lawyer and judge. | Source
KNI sign. It stands for Kenridge Neighbourhood Initiative.
KNI sign. It stands for Kenridge Neighbourhood Initiative. | Source
Crossroads behind the shopping complex. In the distance is Tyger Valley Shopping Mall.
Crossroads behind the shopping complex. In the distance is Tyger Valley Shopping Mall. | Source
The NG kerk.
The NG kerk. | Source
This is the dam behind the NG Kerk.
This is the dam behind the NG Kerk. | Source
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Fairmont High School

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The old tennis courtsSteps near the front entrance. Skateboarders always used to hang around here years ago.The pristine swimming pool, beautiful as ever.The new hockey field, put up some time in 2008 or 2009.Sideview of the new building, used for cultural purposes. It was constructed in 2006.The carpark.
The old tennis courts
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Steps near the front entrance. Skateboarders always used to hang around here years ago.
Steps near the front entrance. Skateboarders always used to hang around here years ago. | Source
The pristine swimming pool, beautiful as ever.
The pristine swimming pool, beautiful as ever. | Source
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The new hockey field, put up some time in 2008 or 2009.
The new hockey field, put up some time in 2008 or 2009. | Source
Sideview of the new building, used for cultural purposes. It was constructed in 2006.
Sideview of the new building, used for cultural purposes. It was constructed in 2006. | Source
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The carpark.
The carpark. | Source

Kenridge - Map View

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A markerFairmont High School -
Fairmont High School, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Fairmont High School.

B markerThe Olde Barn -
19 Van Der Stel Street, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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The Olde Barn, used by the scouts and other groups.

C markerHeim Kehrwieder guesthouse -
8 Kenridge Avenue, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Heim Kehrwieder guesthouse.

D markerKenridge Primary School -
Kenridge Primary School, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Kenridge Primary School.

E markerKenridge Guesthouse -
2 Heather Avenue, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Kenridge Guesthouse.

F markerCape Country Cottage -
6 Van Riebeeck Street, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Cape Country Cottage.

G markerLorimer's Lodge -
Zambezi Street, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Lorimer's Lodge.

H markerOldest House in Kenridge -
12 Tulbagh Road, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Oldest House in Kenridge.

I markerTygerberg Animal Hospital -
78 De Bron Street, Cape Town 7550, South Africa
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Tygerberg Animal Hospital.

J markerNG Kerk -
2 Maestricht Street, Cape Town 7530, South Africa
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NG Kerk (church) Kenridge.

The Tour Guide

I initially planned on having in-depth captions accompanying the pictures above, but it seems as though there is a restrictive word limit, and words seems to disappear, as well as punctuation marks. The pictures even get jumbled up automatically, even if I set them to appear in a certain order. I was going to have them in a specific order, with the captions numbered, but it doesn't look like it'll work. So, I decided that I would basically have the full captions that I'd planned typed here as a companion piece for the slideshow. The pictures have basic captions, and if you want to know more about that picture, you can refer to this text. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but it's just due to the limitations of the hub tools used to build the hub, it seems.

Another word about the pictures: some have been edited, resolutions have been changed, and quality reduced slightly to allow easier uploading - especially in batches. This is also why there aren't any watermarks on them. More pictures may be added later. I imagine this will be one of those hubs that I update fairly often.

Places of interest

Fairmont High School

Fairmont High School was first known as Eversdal English Medium School, and was started in 1977. It was at the end of this first year that it adopted the name it now has. Years ago there was a friendly sort of rivalry with a similarly named school, Fairbairn. Over the years many new buildings and facilities have been added to the property.

Kenridge’s haunted house

I’ve known people who lived here who experienced strange phenomena, and many other friends I knew in the past knew of the stories too. This house has seen so many people come and go over the years.

My parents told me about a story of a family who lived there years ago. The mother committed suicide, and they ended up moving out. While nobody is sure, it’s known by paranormal experts that an event like this may possibly cause a haunting.

I’ve heard of strange occurrences like the plumbing acting up, like taps running in the night and the bathroom flooding and causing leaks to drip water onto the ground floor below.

Back entrance to Fairmont High School

This is the back entrance to Fairmont High School. Before these metal fences were added, there were cheap green wire fences and a rusty old gate, accompanied by a turnstile for those on foot. These were replaced a few years ago.

Witboom Road

Probably named after Witteboom farm, which was what the land Kenridge is built on was called years ago.

Water reservoirs

I often used to come up here with friends and look out over the city. Sometimes we’d sneak under the fence and go on one of the taller ones inside.

The outer reservoir has now been fenced in. We used to go on top of that one often.

The city park

One of the many sections of grassy fields that you'll come across, near the back of Fairmont high. It was made a city park over the last few years and poles were put up around the section to stop people from driving across.

The Kenridge Sports & Social Club

More formally known as The Joe Eveleigh Clubhouse. This has been around since 1953. All they cater for here is tennis outside with the courts and inside they have more barroom type things like darts and pool.

The Olde Barn

There’s quite a lot of history behind this place. It would have kept Witteboom farm’s livestock at one point long ago. Then later in the mid 1950s, 1955 to be exact, it served as the forerunner to Kenridge Primary School. Mrs P. Mashford, the principal, and Mrs. Kierswetter, her assistant taught learners here.

Nowadays it’s often referred to as the Scouts’ Hall, as the cubs and scouts come here twice a week or so. Self-defense classes also take part here. The barn is basically like a small community hall of sorts.

The farmhouse originally existed behind the barn.

The farmhouse

Also called the “oldest house in Kenridge”. You can tell because of the typical Dutch Colonial style architecture presented on part of the roof. The number 1921, I’m guessing, is when it was built, although I’m not sure. I first learned that it was the oldest house in Kenridge while on a school trip around the neighbourhood.

Kenridge Avenue

Named after Kenridge Estate obviously.

Tulbagh Avenue

Named after Ryk Tulbagh, a governor of the Cape Colony.

Van der Stel Avenue

Named after Simon van der Stel, last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony.

Van Riebeeck Avenue

Named after Jan van Riebeeck, also locally known as Jan Van, or Oom Jan (Uncle John), a Dutchman who arrived at what was once known as the Cape of Good Hope (now more commonly referred to as Cape Town) back in 1652. He became the colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town.

That is why Cape Town is called the Mother City, and it is the provincial capital of the Western Cape Province. Van Riebeeck is also one of the names of the three houses at Kenridge Primary School, along with Van der Stel and Tulbagh.

De Villiers Avenue

Named after 1st Baron John de Villiers, a lawyer and judge, who served as Attorney-General of the Cape Colony from 1872 to 1874, as Chief Justice of the Cape Colony from 1874 to 1910 and as Chief Justice of South Africa from 1910 to 1914.

Tafelberg Road

Named after Table mountain.

Lötter Fields

These fields were named after Mr. M. Lötter, the former principal of KPS, who served the school in this capacity from 1989-1994. There are two fields, named "Lötter A" and "Lötter B".

The fences and pavilions were put up just within the last year. There used to be a park here as well.

Kenridge Primary School

KPS was established in the 1950s (1956), built by Mr. Störzner and opened by Ds. Klopper of the Parow School Board. It was rebuilt later on in the 1970s. During the fifties it was a preparatory, and later in the 60s, it was upgraded to primary status. There have been renovations over the years recently. You can see the entrance to the foyer beyond the gate, and the principal’s office to the right of that. The current principal, Mrs. Sandy Smith, became principal in 2011 after Mr. G.V. Albrecht, or Greg Albrecht (now retired) had been in the position since 1994. Before that, in reverse order, it was Mr. M. Lötter, Mr. G.F. Van Wyk, Mr. L. Hoorn (acting principal), and the first principal was Mr. F. Swiegelaar.

Kenridge Pre-Primary

The pre-primary was started in 1992. Mrs. D. Riley was the principal. A fourth classroom was added in 1996.

Although the original building is still there behind it, there is a new face-brick one in front, now known as Grade R. Mrs. T. Alexander is the head of this place.

The pre-school

Also called the pixie play school or Pixies.The original building, which looked a lot like a barn, possibly used in conjunction with the Voortrekker Hall, was torn down and a new one put up in its place.

Doordekraal Voortrekker Hall

It was renovated and it’s now utilized by KPS. Voortrekker is Afrikaans and Dutch for pioneer, but literally translated, it means one who moves or "treks" ahead. The Voortrekkers were emigrants who left the Cape Colony during the nineteenth century, which was under British control at the time. Whether they actually used this building, I'm not sure. It is possible, due to the name.

Mashford fields

Named after Mrs. P. Mashford, the principal of the first school in Kenridge, held in the Olde Barn. The field was constructed by Clifford & Harris in 1978.

The Keith O’Kennedy Pool

This was opened back in 1995. Before that it was a tennis court, and this can be seen by looking at the areas above it, which also used to be tennis courts, used by the smaller learners. The pool was named after Mr. K. O'Kennedy, a former vice principal of KPS, and later groundskeeper.

Kenridge Shopping Complex

There’s a pharmacy, a DVD store, take-away places, a Hillside estate agency, salons, stationery store, home-made food shop and café, art shop and gallery, and the local convenience store (we call it a café). Across from this is a fish & chips shop, another grocery store, and a petrol station, with a car showroom in the background. There’s a Chinese restaurant at the back as well.

The NG kerk

There’s an old joke about this place, that people say if you attend this church, all you’ll do is “gee en gee en gee (NG)”, which means give and give and give (to the church). Note that "kerk" is Afrikaans for "church".

Bellville Dam

This is the dam behind the NG Kerk, and is right on the edge of Kenridge, perhaps going a bit into Bellville territory. Beyond this place lies more affluent, upmarket places like Protea Valley and Welgemoed, which come under Bellville. There’s also Vink's Arboretum, and the Magik (sic) Forest, a place frequented by BMXers, hikers as well as bums and drug addicts who camp out there.

Koos Eksteen field

This field was put up within the last couple of years. Before that it was a small nature reserve, which mainly consisted of fynbos plants, like Proteas, South Africa’s national flower.

The Old Apostolic Church

Years ago, when I was younger, my friends and I would come and skateboard down here, but we were chased off several times. In the end, all it took was one peeved parishioner (he certainly swore a lot for a Christian), and next thing that fence was up. Yeah - I did that.

KNI (Kenridge Neighbourhood Initiative)

People who are members have a sign up on their walls or houses. This sign means that the owner is a supporter of the new Kenridge Neighbourhood Initiative, basically a DIY security effort, started by a number of people locally who thought that the crime rate was rising and the protection offered by police and other security companies was dropping.

Over the years, the crime rate has risen since the end of Apartheid and the beginning of democracy. We’ve been burgled numerous times over the years.

What do you think of Kenridge?

  • What a beautiful place!
  • It's all right. I've seen better looking places.
  • Horrid. I've seen better looking dumps than this.
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Simon Hall 14 months ago

I attended Kenridge Primary School until end of old Std 4: (left in 1974 to go to Villiers Graaf) - then in 1977 on to Settlers. I remember a chap called Russel Geiger from Settlers. Was he also at Kenridge? I lived in Ridgeworth until 1979. I also remember Jackie Carlson too from Kenridge and a lad called Scott Gordon Hogg - family lived ona a farm nearby (mother was Maxine who ran Cubs in Kenridge in the 70s.) I now live and work at King's College in Cambridge. Any little snippets of information welcome. Fond memories.


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Anti-Valentine 3 years ago from My lair Author

@Tisat: Fixed.


Tisat 3 years ago

Sorry, but the one picture of the astro turf at Fairmont has a caption saying it is the new soccer field, but it is actually an astro field used specifically for hockey.


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Anti-Valentine 4 years ago from My lair Author

Jo, if you happen to be reading this, you left a comment here on this hub which I decided to not allow through, as you left some personal information in it which I thought was a bit unsafe to publish online. Don't ever publish your street address online, please. Thanks.


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

Yes, Mark, I did in fact grow up in Kenridge. I still live there.

But none of the names you mentioned really ring a bell seeing as I've only been around since the 80's - about two decades after you. :)

Sorry about that. I might ask around though. Perhaps someone in my family, or a neighbour, knows those names.

Good hearing from you again, though.


Mark Etheridge 5 years ago

Hey there .. went back there the other day and the memories came flooding back .. I presume you grew up in Kenridge as well . . . would you know anyone who went to Kenridge Primary .. I remember names like Brian and Karen Divine (Devine) .. Steve Wyndham (who until recently owned the go-kart track at Access Park here in Kenilworth) .. Christian Burlo, Hilary and Hazel Middleton, Russel and Mark Geiger, Alan Fivaz and if I remember correctly one of my first ever kisses was with a girl called Rowena Collins!! .. I'm sure some of those people must still be around .. if any of those names ring a bell let me know? :-)


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

That's wonderful, Mark! It's great to hear or read more about what Kenridge was like back in the day. I actually have some photos or slides somewhere which detail what the place looked like back in the early 70's or so, which belong to my parents, which I should find some time.

The last principal of KPS, Mr. Albrecht, actually retired recently too, as I read in the paper.

The place is still changing. ;)


Mark Etheridge 5 years ago

Hi there .. just found this side while looking for directions to Kenridge Avenue .. because Kenridge as I knew it has changed heaps over the years. I'll take more time to read your site in the next day or so. I moved to Kenridge in the mid-60's and lived opposite the Pat Mashford you mention as being from the primary school. Her husband's name was John if I recall. We lived in Oak Lane and a lot of the roads were gravel ... with lots of cobras and molesnakes .. I remember the old barne very well .. there used to fruit trees with sour apples etc. I also remember the first principal of the school, Mr Swiegelaar and also, not so fondly, remember being dealt six-of-the-best by him for climing on the school tractor. Those were the days when there was still discipline. I'm going back to Kenridge today for an eye appointment and will soak up the memories when I'm there .. nice site .. will rekindle more memories when I'm there .. thanx (Mark Etheridge)


visita virtual  5 years ago

I want to say to author thanks for this beautiful article. i really like in. Kenridge has wonder beauty. and author is right about less info about Kenridge on net.


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Anti-Valentine 6 years ago from My lair Author

Thank you. I'm glad that it's received such a positive reaction.

I was planning on doing a follow-up or two to this article, or adding new pictures to it some time.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

I love the pictures and thank you for sharing this :)


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Anti-Valentine 6 years ago from My lair Author

Thanks SXP. There are quite a few South Africans on HP, it turns out.


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SXP 6 years ago from South Africa

Great hub. Even me as south african found it very interesting.


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Anti-Valentine 6 years ago from My lair Author

Thanks for the comment Tony. And I'm glad you found it interesting. :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Very interesting Hub, thanks. It's a part of Cape Town that I know very little about so this was enlightening.

Love and peace

Tony

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