Goodwood, Cape Town

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Goodwood is located in Western Cape
Goodwood is located in South Africa
Goodwood is located in Africa
 Goodwood shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°54′40.72″S 18°33′02.13″E / 33.9113111°S 18.5505917°E / -33.9113111; 18.5505917Coordinates: 33°54′40.72″S 18°33′02.13″E / 33.9113111°S 18.5505917°E / -33.9113111; 18.5505917
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 50,285
 • Density 2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 17.9%
 • Coloured 37.9%
 • Indian/Asian 3.4%
 • White 37.9%
 • Other 2.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 50.9%
 • Afrikaans 35.0%
 • Xhosa 4.9%
 • Other 9.2%
Postal code (street) 7460
PO box 7459
Area code 021

Goodwood is a suburb situated between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is 10 kilometres from the city centre and accessible from the N1, N7 and N2 highways.[2]

The town was established in 1905 and named after Goodwood Racecourse in England as the founders intended to make it a racing centre. A course was actually constructed, but after only one meeting it was abandoned.[3]

The first railway station was built in 1905, and today there are three within the municipal area: Goodwood, Vasco and Elsies River. These all lie on the Cape Town-Johannesburg main line.[3]

High schools in the area[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

Goodwood was a municipality in its own right from 1938 to 1996. In 1939, the council adopted a pseudo-heraldic "coat of arms" depicting an aeroplane, an ox-wagon, and a horse jumping over a fence.[4] It replaced this device with a proper coat of arms, designed by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, in 1958. The council registered the arms with the Cape Provincial Administration in May 1959[5] and at the Bureau of Heraldry in August 1993.[6]

The arms were : Argent, on a fess Gules, between in chief four trees with six leaves each and in base three pallets, Sable, the central pallet surmounted by a cogwheel counterchanged, a leopard passant, Argent and Sable. In layman's terms : a silver shield displaying, from top to bottom, a row of four black trees with six leaves each, a red horizontal stripe displaying a leopard, and three black vertical stripes with a cogwheel on the centre stripe.

The crest was a palamino unicorn issuing from a golden mural crown and holding a red disc between its forelegs, and the motto was Procedo.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Goodwood". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Essential Travel Info
  3. ^ a b "Goodwood". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. 5. Nasou Limited. 1971. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2. 
  4. ^ Rosenthal, E. (1980) Goodwood and its Story.
  5. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 2969 (1 May 1959).
  6. ^ National Archives of South Africa : Data of the Bureau of Heraldry

Further reading[edit]

  • Rosenthal, Eric (1980). Goodwood and its story. Cape Town: National Book Printers. p. 126. 

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