Wesleyan Chapel

Landmarks / Religious in or near Bathurst, Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsWesleyan Chapel

Where? Wesleyan Chapel, Bathurst, Eastern Cape

Overnight? Stay in Bathurst, in Eastern Cape

Bathurst - the peaceful little village that was once a Settler village on the left bank of the Kowie River, named after Lord Henry Bathurst, the Secretary of State for the Colonies - is quintessentially historical.

Whilst it boasts more than a couple of beautiful buildings and churches (as well as a super large pineapple, although that, admittedly, is more recent) it is sobering to also remember that despite the pretty buildings, it served as a buffer during the Frontier Wars and took strain during these battles.

The Wesleyan Chapel is one of these historical buildings. Built in 1832 this tiny, two-room building was besieged during the wars. It is hard to believe that there was enough room for everyone in it, as it is not very big.

Yet, under attack from the Xhosa, the people of Bathurst fled inside during the Sixth Frontier War (1834 - 35), and again during the War of the Axe (1846), although during the latter battle they divided themselves between two churches, the other being the Anglican Church, until the military arrived to help.

The Wesleyan Chapel was built by Samuel Bradshaw, who also built the wool mill and the Anglican Church. Today the little wooden pews continue to give solace as the chapel still holds Sunday services, and houses the family Bible of Jeremiah Goldswain. It is better known as the Methodist Church.

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