Things To Do in GrahamstownThe Grahamstown Cathedral
Where? Intersection of High Street and Hill Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
When? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h00.
Saturday from 09h00 to 12h00.
How? Call +27 (0)46 622-2445
How much? Free
The Cathedral of St Michael and St George now known as the Grahamstown Cathedral was built in the 1800ís and first opened its doors in 1830. This is not the original tower and spire the church had as the first was deemed to be a danger and the new one was completed in 1879 (designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott).
When visiting the church you may find a number of memorial plaques that are covered. These are covered because many of the plaques are in commemoration of the fallen soldiers during the conflict between the original Xhosa residents and the European settlers. Some of the plaques do not reflect the diversity of the Anglican Church of South Africa today and are covered in acknowledgement of this.
Many memorial tablets telling the history of Grahamstown as a frontier post can be found at the lectern, pulpit, road screen and organ. You may also find the belfry of interest because this holds a part of African history. This was the first to house the heaviest and first full ring of 8 bells on the continent. These bells were cast in London in 1878 and are made up of metal from the 3 bells that hung in the original tower.