Cape Town – Woodstock

The area now known as Woodstock was inhabited by the Khoi San until the arrival of the Dutch in the 1600’s.  By the middle of the 19th century it had become a fashionable seaside resort.  This changed in the 1950’s when the beach was destroyed due to land reclamation to enlarge the foreshore.


St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church at 1 Station Road, Woodstock.


Woodstock is a suburb of Cape Town and is about one kilometre from the city centre.  Many of the buildings are being renovated.


Some are still neglected.


Street artists are trying to make the area colourful.




Many older houses are being restored.


This circa 1903 building is one of many in Albert Road that has been restored.


Every Saturday morning a market is held in The Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Road where artists and craftsmen display and sell their goods.


The changing of Woodstock into a ‘trendy’ area has had a negative effect on the local residents who are been forced out by high rentals.


Author: valvs

I live in Umhlanga, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Much of my schooling was done in the Eastern and Western Cape. After I matriculated from Rhenish Girls' High in Stellenbosch, I went to Grahamstown Teachers' Training College. Most of my teaching was done in Margate and Durban. My hobbies are reading, traveling and photography.

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