Southwell, Eastern Cape

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St James Anglican Church, Southwell
St James Anglican Church, Southwell
Southwell is located in Eastern Cape
Southwell is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 33°32′09″S 26°41′19″E / 33.53583°S 26.68861°E / -33.53583; 26.68861Coordinates: 33°32′09″S 26°41′19″E / 33.53583°S 26.68861°E / -33.53583; 26.68861
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
DistrictSarah Baartman
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)

Southwell is a settlement within the former farming district of the same name, about 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Port Alfred and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Grahamstown.

Established in 1849 as a mission station, it was located at Lombard's Post,[1] a fortified farmhouse originally granted to Pieter Lombard in 1790 as a leningsplaas (loan farm).[2] Canon Henry Waters was the first resident minister.[1]

In the mid-19th century it hosted a Xhosa school, which was closed down during Mlanjeni's War.[3]

The local St James Anglican Church was built in 1870.[4][5] The foundation stone was laid by Nathaniel Merriman, Archdeacon of Grahamstown.[1]

In 1925 a survey was done for a railway branch from Martindale to Southwell.[citation needed] The railway was never built.


  1. ^ a b c "Mission Stations - N-S". South African History Online. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Lombard's Post, Bathurst". Artefacts. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  3. ^ Peires, Jeffrey B. (1989). The Dead Will Arise: Nongqawuse and the Great Xhosa Cattle-killing Movement of 1856-7. Indiana University Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-253-20524-7.
  4. ^ "Eastern Cape, ALBANY district, Southwell, St James Anglican Church, cemetery". eGGSA library. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  5. ^ St James Church

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