Cookhouse station sign
|Municipality||Blue Crane Route|
|• Type||Ward 01|
|• Councillor||Ntombentsha Glenda Mjikelo (ANC)|
|• Total||50.98 km2 (19.68 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||80.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||5820|
Cookhouse (Afrikaans: Kookhuis) is a small village located in Eastern Cape province, South Africa, some 170 kilometres (110 mi) north of Port Elizabeth and 24 kilometres (15 mi) east of Somerset East, on the west bank of the Great Fish River.
The Great Fish River formed the eastern boundary of the Cape Colony until 1819. The current village is said to take its name from a small stone house used for shelter and cooking by troops camping on the bank of this river. Another explanation links the name to the hot climate as experienced by the troops stationed there. In the 1870s, the government of Prime Minister John Molteno oversaw a massive expansion of the Cape Colony's railway system, and a route northwards to De Aar from Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred was chosen by the Cape Government Railways to pass through what is now Cookhouse. A station was built here, which became an important railway junction, and a small settlement formed around this connection.
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