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Historic Block

The sleepy village of Bathurst in the Eastern Cape is the home of many monuments from the early 1800,s.

A short walk which will put you in touch with a few of these old emblems of a bygone era  starts at the . Walking north up, in fact quite steeply up, Trappes Street on the left is Bleak House, named after the Dickens home. Bleak House being an original 1820 settler home is a national monument. Now a coffee shop homemade teas,coffees and cakes are available.

Further up Trappes st turn left and continue down the sand road. On your right is another national monument, the Bathurst Primary School, which is still in daily use (although mother grundies would say the children have too many holidays). The school also reflects the old 1820 settler establishment. Moving along, you will pass the which is the oldest unaltered Anglican church in the country. This too is a national monument and is surrounded by a graveyard well worth a visit.

Continue on until Bird Street where you will turn left. On the right hand side is the old Rectory, now a beautifully restored private home. Continue and turn left again. You will now pass an old 1820 settler cottage also a private home and the the Wesleyan Church built in 1832. Another national monument with an interesting Graveyard. The two churches are still in use. After the Bathurst Arms, you will arrive again at the Historic Pig and Whistle Inn for a well earned refreshment.  Sauce

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