The City of Cape Town has commissioned a study of the heritage of the Bellville CBD and surrounds.
The project aims to identify physical and cultural heritage resources that should be protected, enhanced and celebrated in future planning.
Heritage experts will be surveying the area and carrying out interviews to map and describe aspects of Bellville with aesthetic, architectural, historical, social or cultural value. The team will be conducting research, interviews, and surveys in the study area between April and June 2021.
The heritage specialist team is appointed by the City of Cape Town's Urban Catalytic Investment Department, and is led by A.C.O. Associates, a Cape Town-based heritage consulting firm with more than 30 years of experience in heritage assessment and research. A.C.O. is supported by architectural and oral history experts, and the project is managed by Infinity Environmental.
The project, which will be completed by June 2021, includes three major strands - historical research, physical surveys, and interviews and engagement with local sources. The team will be conducting research, interviews, and surveys in the area between March and June 2021.
Are there historic buildings, events, places or cultural practices that you would like to see celebrated or commemorated in the Bellville CBD?
Please submit your inputs using the form below or get in touch with the team to share your knowledge of heritage, places and events, as well as what you think should be celebrated or commemorated in the Bellville area.
The village that was to become Bellville came into being because it was close to a major transport route to Stellenbosch and beyond: a strip of hard ground that could support the weight of an ox wagon. About 12 miles from Cape Town, it was an ideal outspan with a source of fresh water.
Construction of a railway line and station in 1859 enabled the development of a small town which greatly benefited the surrounding farming community. Bellville was then located primarily between Voortrekker Road and the station, although Boston soon developed north of Voortrekker Road.