Jeppestown & Belgravia Pt.6 (General views and odds & ends)

This is the final post on Jeppe and Belgravia before moving a few blocks north up to Fairview (or Fawcus Township as it was originally known) and really a chance to post some mixed and fascinating pictures of various examples of houses, buildings and general views that didn’t fit into the previous Jeppe & Belgravia posts. Some structures are still standing while others are long gone.

First though, I found a book by Carl Jeppe called ‘The Kaleidoscopic Transvaal’ that can be downloaded here in PDF format. It was originally printed and published in 1906 and is now in the public domain. It’s an interesting read, especially on the pre-history of Johannesburg and the people and struggles after the discovery of gold and the events leading up to the Anglo-Boer War. Carl Jeppe (1858-1933) appears to be the older brother of Sir. Julius Jeppe. They originally settled in Pretoria before getting involved in early Johannesburg. Later, Carl had a Herbert Baker designed house in Wynberg called Trovato at 44 Coach Road built in 1899-1902. He presumably used it when he was appointed Consul-General for the Transvaal in Cape Town.

Trovato House in Wynberg Cape Town. A Herber Baker classic

Trovato House in Wynberg Cape Town. A Herbert Baker classic

The house is now a national monument.

Belgravia

Typical turn of the century house seen in many of the old suburbs

Typical turn of the century house in Belgravia still seen in many old suburbs (minus the turrets)

Intricate woodwork details on the verandah of this rundown house

Intricate woodwork details on the verandah of this rundown house

More wood detailing

More wood detailing

Example of a double story house. Similar examples can still be seen in Parktown West

Example of a double story house. Similar examples can still be seen in Parktown West

Jeppestown

Original Jeppe Station with Grand Central Hotel in the background

Original Jeppe Station with Grand Central Hotel in the background early 1900s

This vintage building is behind the Grand Central and across the road from Osborn Pharmacy

This vintage building is behind the Grand Central and across the road from Osborn Pharmacy 2011

Madison Street early 1900s

Madison Street early 1900s

Shop fronts on the corner of Marshall & Macintyre Street 2011

Shop fronts on the corner of Marshall & Macintyre Street 2011

View up Marshall Street looking East

View up Marshall Street looking East early 1900s (same as above)

View down Commisioner Street early 1900s

View down Commisioner Street early 1900s

Flats in Jeppestown with some interesting ironwork

Flats above shops in Jeppestown with some interesting ironwork 2011

More old shops in Jeppestown

More old shops in Jeppestown 2011

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2 thoughts on “Jeppestown & Belgravia Pt.6 (General views and odds & ends)

  1. Linda Ellis on said:

    I grew up at 187 Jules Street Belgravia across the road from the One Day Dry Cleaners, between Princess and McDonald streets, moved to the southern suburbs of Johannesburg towards the end of 1969, Belgravia was an already rundown suburb back then but seeing some of the pictures taken around 2013 it breaks my heart to see such degradation of this once working class neighborhood, unfortunately we never owned a camera else I would have photos of the area, do you know where one can see photos of Belgravia only, of the parks and schools in the area, attended Malvern West Primary School and then Malvern High School, would love to visit the old neighborhood but I don’t drive and I don’t own a car either, at nearly 62 I think I would be a menace on the roads.

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Hi Linda, thanks for reading and for your history. When I’m not able to visit an area (or have missed something while there) I often use Google Street View to cruise the streets. The images are between 6 and 2 years old so pretty accurate. Sadly, some of the areas are dangerous to visit or hang around and take pictures in. Google maps has helped enormously with my work.

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