Blue plaques mark the history of Muizenberg

2019-05-14 06:00
Two blue plaques have been placed in Muizenberg to commemorate two sites of rich history.

Two blue plaques have been placed in Muizenberg to commemorate two sites of rich history.

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Premier Helen Zille joined the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society to mark two Muizenberg locations with a blue plaque, acknowledging their historical significance.

The board of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society manufactured two historical blue plaques, similar to those found in London and other major cities, to denote and commemorate places and people who are linked with the area. The plaques were placed on Monday 6 May.

“The first two plaques made are glazed ceramic plaques in navy blue,” said Glenn Babb, deputy chairman of the society.

The first placement was made at Surfer’s Corner to celebrate Agatha Christie, the renowned novelist.

Babb said: “We are celebrating Agatha Christie, the great novelist and playwright who wrote in her diary in 1922: ‘The thing I enjoyed most, I suppose in the Cape Province, was the bathing. Whenever we could steal time off ... we took the train and went to Muizenberg, got our surf boards and went surfing together.’”

Regarding the location of the commemorative piece, Babb said: “The plaque celebrating Agatha Christie’s surfing exploits was placed on the façade of the Empire Building at Surfer’s Corner with permission of the trustees and Steven Frankal.”

The second blue plaque was placed in celebration of Farmer Peck’s Inn. It was placed on the wall of the South Peninsula College on the corner of Main and Atlantic Roads, which is the location where the inn once stood decades ago.

Babb said that the college was enthusiastic about the placement of the plaque and they were eager to give the go-ahead.

Farmer Peck’s Inn, built in 1826, was a famous watering hole for the waggoners going from Cape Town to Simon’s Town, according to Babb.

They all stopped at the inn owned by the brother of a farmer who farmed nearby and advertised rooms with “excellent beds without any fleas”.

According to the records of the society, the inn was the central point of development around Muizenberg.

“These two plaques will launch our programme of bringing to life the history of Muizenberg,” he concluded.

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