Life on the Buffalo River – the development of East London, a noteworthy Victorian City in South Africa by William Martinson.
The river port town of East London, on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, was born in conflict in 1848, and after a long period of penury, finally commenced with more substantial development in the 1870’s. The talk will provide an overview of the history and development of the town and present some of the Victorian era architecture and structures.
The Town Hall is the finest of the Victorian era buildings in East London. Sited on Waterloo Square on Oxford Street, it is excellent in its proportions, and was erected for £33,750. The foundation-stone was laid with Masonic honours on 20 February 1897 and the building was officially opened on 5 October 1899. Fortunately still substantially intact, it has recently been fenced off from the public domain.
This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk Series 2024 called Victorian and Edwardian Architecture in the Wider British World. Follow this link to book all of the talks.
Tuesday 20 February 2024, 7pm – 8.30pm
From £6, book here.