The Bishop's Churches, by Desmond Martin

The Bishop's Churches, by Desmond Martin. ISBN 9781770071551 / ISBN 978-1-77007-155-1

The Bishop's Churches, by Desmond Martin. ISBN 9781770071551 / ISBN 978-1-77007-155-1

The Bishop's Churches. The churches of Anglican Bishop Robert Gray. Author: Desmond Keith Martin. Struik Publishers

The Bishop's Churches. The churches of Anglican Bishop Robert Gray. Author: Desmond Keith Martin. Struik Publishers

This beautiful book by Desmond Martin documents the 50 churches established between 1848 and 1880 by Robert Gray, the first Bishop of Cape Town.

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Forty of these churches were designed by his wife, Sophy. The text is accompanied by Desmond Martin's watercolours and line drawings of most of these buildings. Desmond Keith Martin was born in Cape Town and educated at Rondebosch Boys' High School. He commenced architectural studies in 1954. The following year he turned to a career in graphic art. Later, he studied fine art extra-murally, graduating with a BA(FA) in 1977. In 1990 he returned to his first love, architectural history, when he was appointed an assistant director with the National Monuments Council (now SAHRA). In 1993 his research into the Cape Town church building boom between 1880 and 1909 earned him an MPhil. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Cape Town in 2002 for the thesis 'The Churches of Bishop Robert Gray and Mrs Sophia Gray, a historical and architectural review'. Dr Martin retired in 2000. He and his wife live in Pinelands, Cape Town, where they are members and lay ministers at St Stephen's Church (illustrated below). The church, built in 1954 to a plan by Francis Hawkins, exhibits a number of characteristics of the Gothic Revival churches of the previous century reviewed in this book.

Content: The Bishop's Churches, by Desmond Martin

Foreword
Sophy Gray - the self-taught architect
1. St Paul's Church, Rondebosch, Cape Town - 1849
Main Road, Rondebosch
2. St Paul's Church, Eerste River - 1848
Old Main Road, Faure
3. St George's Church, Knysna - 1849
Corner of Main Road and Queen Street, Knysna
4. St James' Church, Graaff-Reinet - 1848
35 Somerset Street, Graaff-Reinet
5. School Chapel, Beaufort West - 1849
Corner of Donkin and Devenish Streets, Beaufort West
6. Christ Church, Colesberg - 1849
Church Street, Colesberg
7. St Mark's Church, George - 1849
114 York Street, George
8. Holy Trinity Church, Caledon - 1850
Corner of Mill and Trinity Streets, Caledon
9. St Saviour's Church, Claremont, Cape Town - 1850
Corner of Main and Bowwood Roads, Claremont
10. Holy Trinity Church, Belvidere, Knysna - 1851
Church Street, Belvidere Village, Knysna
11. St Peter's Church, Pietermaritzburg - 1851
Church Street, Pietermaritzburg
12. Christ Church, Swellendam - 1852
13. St John the Baptist Church, Schoonberg,
Langkloof - 1853
Louvain Farm, Schoonberg Road, near Herold, Langkloof
14. Christ Church, Beaufort West - 1852
21 Donkin Street, Beaufort West
15. St James the Great Church, Worcester - 1852
Waterloo Street, Worcester
16. All Saints Church, Somerset East - 1854
Beaufort Street, Somerset East
17. St Paul's Church, North End, Port Elizabeth - 1854
18. St Matthew's Church, Riversdale - 1854
Main Street, Riversdale
19. School Chapel, Mossel Bay - 1855
Corner of Marsh and Mitchell Streets, Mossel Bay
20. Newlands Chapel, Newlands, Cape Town - 1856
Corner of Palmboom Rd. and Newlands Avenue, Newlands
21. Armstrong Memorial Chapel, Grahamstown - 1856
22. St Peter's Church, Cradock - 1857
61 Bree Street, Cradock
23. Church of St Mary the Virgin, Woodstock,
Cape Town - 1859
Corner of Albert Road and Station Street, Woodstock
24. All Saints Church, Bredasdorp - 1859
Corner of All Saints and Van Der Byl Streets, Bredasdorp
25. St Andrew's Chapel, Ceres - 1860
Voortrekker Street, Ceres
26. St Jude's Church, Oudtshoorn - 1860
59 Baron van Rheede Street, Oudtshoorn
27. Constantia Chapel, near Cape Town - 1860
28. All Saints Chapel, (D'Urban) Durbanville - 1860
2 Baxter Avenue, Durbanville
29. St Mary's Church, Robertson - 1861
Corner of Piet Retief and White Streets, Robertson
30. St Thomas' Mission Church, Rondebosch,
Cape Town - 1864
61 Campground Road, Rondebosch
31. St John's Church, Clanwilliam - 1864
37 Main Road, Clanwilliam
32. St Mark's Chapel, District Six, Cape Town - 1865
33. St Patrick's Church, Umzinto, KZN - 1868
St Patrick's Road, Umzinto
34. St Augustine's Chapel, Fraserburg - 1869
Corner of Cillier and Daneel Streets, Fraserburg
35. St Luke's Mission Church, Swellendam - 1869
12 Voortrek Street, Swellendam
36. St John's Church, Victoria West - 1869
54 Church Street, Victoria West
37. All Saints Church, Uniondale - 1869
Voortrekker Street, Uniondale
38. St Mildred's Chapel, Montagu - 1870
Barry Street, Montagu
39. St Peter's Church, Plettenberg Bay - 1879
Church Street, Plettenberg Bay
40. St Matthew's Church, Willowmore - 1880
Weyhmeyer Street, Willowmore
Glossary
Index

This is an excerpt from the book: The Bishop's Churches, by Desmond Martin.

Title: The Bishop's Churches
Subtitle: The churches of Anglican Bishop Robert Gray
Author: Desmond Keith Martin
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, 2005
ISBN 9781770071551 / ISBN 978-1-77007-155-1
Softcover, 23x24 cm, 96 pages, throughout illustrated in water colour

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