Clifton 4th beach on a nice clear day
The 2010 Absa Cape Epic will come to a end on Sunday in Lourensford. There will be bands including Watershed that will perform at Lourensford Wine Estate as the first cyclists come in from their long journey.
When they cross the finish line they would have completed a 800km offroad terrain.
The Absa Cape Epic usually finishes in Somerset West at Lourensford at the heart of Helderberg around 50km’s from Cape Town.
Radloff Park in Somerset West was usually a safe place to walk around and take the dogs for a walk but it seems that its to dangerous now to even to that. I got this photo driving around in Somerset West. The park was empty. Usually a few years ago even in the rain there were people but now its empty. There are loads of people here in the summer doing sport and taking their dogs for a walk but not in the winter. To cold and being alone in the park is to dangerous as I said.
There used to be a skateboard ramp here but that has moved closer to the road and petrol station. The name used to be “the ramp” and a local hang out spot for us long ago.
This is the oldest church in Stellenbosch. The writing on the wall of the church says: This church strands on the portion of the braak granted to the Anglican Church in 1851. It was built and occupied in 1852 but only consecrated by bishop Gray on 18 October 1854. It was built b W. Martin and William Shrugg of Cape Town. The building was later enlarged. The first minister was the rev Frederic Carlyon.
Somerset West was initially bought from local tribes and a cattle post was established here by Dutch soldiers in 1672.
A town developed around the Lourens River (originally “Tweederivier”) and the farm of Vergelegen (Dutch: “remotely situated”), an 18th century farmhouse built in the historic Cape Dutch style by Willem Adriaan van der Stel, governor of the Cape and son of Simon van der Stel, who gave his name to the nearby town of Stellenbosch. Willem Adriaan was later sent back to Holland after being charged with corruption and cruelty towards local farmers. The farm is now owned by a subsidiary of the large mining company Anglo American, who have restored the farmhouse to its original magnificence and continue to produce some of South Africa’s best wines there. The farm is open to tourists.
The town was named Somerset after an English governor of the Cape Colony during the 1800s, Lord Charles Henry Somerset, with the suffix ‘West’ being added after 1825 to differentiate it from Somerset East, another South African town in the Eastern Cape. In the 1830s, Sir Lowry’s Pass, named after later governor Sir Lowry Cole, was constructed to link the town with outposts further east over the Hottentots-Holland mountains.
In the 1960s, the AECI factory between Somerset West and Strand was the second largest dynamite factory in the world. Today the town boasts the largest concentration of millionaire residents in the country