Saratoga after Harrow Rd bridge (Now called Joe Slovo Drive)

I was about to complete the Doornfontein post (finally took the balance of the pictures this week) but wanted to first post some pictures of the houses on the other side of the Harrow Rd bridge or Joe Slovo Drive as it’s now known. Actually, there are only two houses left on Charlton Terrace which is what Saratoga becomes after the bridge. The Tudor house below was known as ‘Shelley House’ and was once used for housing visiting judges.

Last house on Charlton Terrace Doornfontein

Second last house on Charlton Terrace Doornfontein

Charlton Terrace eary 1900s

Charlton Terrace early 1900s. Note that the same Tudor house is in above picture

Next to Shelley House in the picture above is the second St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. The first one was originally in Height Street south of Beit Street in 1892. It is now a block of flats.

The other remaining house on Charlton Terrace

The other remaining house on Charlton Terrace

The house above is just after the petrol station at the slip road to Bertrams. It has a high wall obscuring the view and is currently a car wash. The shot above is taken from the back of the house on the Bertrams side.

Charlton Terrace was once part of land rented for James Sivewright from the Bezhuidenhouts. It is named after John Charlton, an early pioneer, who lived in a small house in Natal Camp

I also discovered that one road above Charlton Terrace is Gordon Terrace. Here stands an entire row of old houses – virtually untouched. See Google Earth snap of all of them. They are far back from the road and difficult to get a good picture of from the street.

Google Earth shot of the houses on Gordon Terrace Doornfontein

Google Earth shot of the houses on Gordon Terrace Doornfontein

Back of a house on Gordan Terrace from Yoeville Hill above

Back of a house on Gordan Terrace from Yeoville Hill above

While looking at an old map from 1895, I saw that Saratoga once became Gordon Terrace. Oddly, there is an earlier map from 1890 (posted on the previous Saratoga blog and re-posted here with markings) that shows it leading onto Charlton as it does today with the above area named ‘Charlton Reserve’ with no Gordon Terrace at all. At some point I suppose Gordon Terrace came into being and joined Saratoga. At a later point Saratoga re-joined Charlton Terrace leaving Gordon Terrace one road back minus all the traffic.

Map from 1895

Map from 1895

Map from 1890

Map from 1890

 

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