Craighall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Craighall
Craighall is located in Gauteng
Craighall
Craighall
Craighall is located in South Africa
Craighall
Craighall
Coordinates: 26°06′51″S 28°01′32″E / 26.1143°S 28.0256°E / -26.1143; 28.0256Coordinates: 26°06′51″S 28°01′32″E / 26.1143°S 28.0256°E / -26.1143; 28.0256
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceRandburg
Established1902
Area
 • Total1.37 km2 (0.53 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total2,639
 • Density1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African29.9%
 • Coloured1.8%
 • Indian/Asian2.5%
 • White63.7%
 • Other2.0%
First languages (2011)
 • English70.8%
 • Afrikaans7.6%
 • Zulu5.6%
 • Northern Sotho3.0%
 • Other12.9%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
2196
PO box
2024

Craighall is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa and is bordered by Hyde Park, Dunkeld and Parkhurst. It sits in between the busy arterial routes of Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol highway and is located in Region B of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

History[edit]

Craighall was established in 1902 by the Scot, William Rattray[2], the owner of a large farm, Klipfontein, which at the time was an hour's journey by horse-carriage to the north of the bustling mining town of Johannesburg. He divided the farm into a residential development, which he named Craighall after his birthplace in Blairgowrie, Scotland[2], and a recreational development of lakes and parkland, much of which still exists as the open land of Delta Park. Craighall was an attractive, fertile piece of land on a gentle west/north facing slope.

The main natural feature of Craighall is the cascading rocky waterfall on the Braamfontein Spruit at the north-west corner of the suburb. It flows year-round but becomes a particularly dramatic spectacle during heavy rain-storms. Waterfall Avenue, the original centre-piece avenue of the suburb, was named after it.

Craighall was originally planned with erven (stand) sizes at just under an acre (3,850 square metres, known as a "Craighall Acre"), although more than half have since been sub-divided into smaller stand sizes. It remains a spacious, treed residential suburb with abundant bird-life, yet located within 6 minutes drive of Sandton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Craighall". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b Raper, Peter E.; Moller, Lucie A.; du Plessis, Theodorus L. (2014). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1412. ISBN 9781868425501.