Obscuring sign given the boot

2018-07-24 06:01
The sign of contention in front of the All Saints Anglican Church that was removed.

The sign of contention in front of the All Saints Anglican Church that was removed.

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The obscenely large directional sign obscuring the view of the All Saints Anglican Church in Muizenberg has been removed by the City of Cape Town.

This sign has been a bone of contention for years and now visitors to Muizenberg can enjoy the church in all its glory.

“Some three years ago the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society pleaded with the City and Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, to remove the sign at the entrance to Muizenberg on the Main Road,” said Glenn Babb, chairman of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society.

The Church is built in stone and was erected in 1890 as a Chapel of Ease, attached to Trinity Church, Kalk Bay.

A chapel of ease is a church building in the same parish as the main church and its purpose is to allow parishioners easier access than to the distant main church.

“Sophy Gray, the wife of the first Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, designed the chapel as she had many other Anglican church buildings in the Cape. It is a charming building.

“The church expanded its size as the congregation grew and it became an independent parish in 1917.

“In the church hangs a painting by JH Amshewitz of the Madonna and child and the altar has a brass cross once stolen and found on a dump in Gugulethu,” Babb said.

“The plea to remove the sign was strongly opposed by the City on many spurious grounds – that it was necessary to indicate lanes for turning, to warn of low bridge in Atlantic Road and to give directions to Mitchell’s Plain. The Council even carried out a study to show that none of the ground in the vicinity was suitable for a replacement.

“Now it is gone and no-one will miss it though we all wonder why it was thought necessary in the first place as a large similar sign stands on the nearby junction between Main and Albertyn Road,” he said.

“We shall once again be able to see the church in all its glory and be thankful that an iconic building of religious and historic significance in Muizenberg is exposed to the view of visitors.”

Babb has worked for years to get the offending road sign removed so that All Saints will now be a visible entry point to the historic coastal road.

All Saints was built in 1890 as a chapel of ease for Holy Trinity and extended in the 1920s when it was made a self-supporting parish.

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